Silver-Washed Fritillary

This beautiful fritillary is one of Britain’s largest butterflies. Like many species, it declined during the twentieth century, but it is now making some encouraging recovery, particularly in southern England. While the adult butterfly enjoys flying in the sunshine, the caterpillar foodplant is Common Dog-violet, which grows in woodland shade, so it needs carefully managed woodland areas with glades or rides in order to thrive.

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