Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

Cheshire local information

When to see: July-August

Where to see: Limestone grassland and moorland

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 58-68mm

Caterpillar food plant: Violets (Viola spp.)

Cheshire status: Regularly bred on the Wirral in the mid-1800ís with no evidence of when this ceased. Last confirmed breeding in the county was in mid-Cheshire in the 1940ís. A few individuals are still recorded almost annually, but refer to wanderers from breeding sites in adjacent counties, with the majority being seen from late July to early August.

Dark Green Fritillary butterfly on a fern