Dark Green Fritillary
Special features: The dark green fritillary gets its name from the olive-green patches, dotted with pearly-white spots, on the undersides of its wings.
It is similar in appearance to the silver-washed fritillary, but smaller and with more rounded forewings.
The dark green fritillary is noted for its fast flight.
Latin name: Argynnis aglaja
Size: Wingspan approximately 60mm.
Distribution: Scattered throughout the U.K., especially in coastal locations. Less commonly seen in eastern areas.
Months seen: June to September.
Habitat: Heaths, cliffs, downs and meadows.
Food: Nectar. The black spiny caterpillars feed on violets.