Dark Green Fritillary   Argynnis aglajassp aglaja

Argynnis aglaja top Argynnis aglaja  underwing

This butterfly was flitting around us as we searched for the Epipactis sancta (Lindisfarne Helleborine). The flower was a disappointment but the Fritillary wasn't. This is the commonest (southern) sub species of Argynnis aglaja the adult of which prefers flower rich grassland such is presented by stable coastal dunes.

The larval food plant is usually Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet). The books also say that the very early flowering Viola hirta (Hairy Violet) is sometimes used.

Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 15th July 2006

Added on 24th June 2008, updated November 6th 2008, updated 4th June 2010, updated 14th June 2010

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