Butterfly - Dark Green Fritillary ( Male )
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Taken at Gullane on 8th July 2018 with Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.


Taken at Insh Marshes on 23rd July 2010 with Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
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Female underside.
Taken at
Torr Alvie on 14th July 2011 with Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
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Butterfly - Dark Green Fritillary.
Scientific Name:
Argynnis aglaja.
Larval Food:
Adult Food:



Common Dog-violet, Hairy Violet and Marsh Violet.
Adults feed primarily on the nectar of Thistles and Knapweeds.
58 - 68 mm.
Pastures and flowery banks, and nearby areas where
the preferred foodplants for the larvae, grow.
Adults generally emerge in the middle of June,
reaching a peak in early July. There is one generation each year.
Eggs are laid either directly on the foodplant,
or on a suitable platform nearby, such as a twig,
grass stem or dead leaf. Eggs are yellow when
first laid but turn a dark purple after a few days
and, eventually, a dark grey just before the larva
emerges. This stage lasts between 2 and 3 weeks.