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Added: 4th February 2011 Description:
Butterfly of the Fritillary family.
Confidence: It might be this. Notes: On looking this butterfly up in Butterflies of Britain and Europe (Higgins & Riley) it does not conform to any of the illustrations as there are the white spots along the wing edges which are missing from the pictures.
Apart from these it would seem to be most like the Dark Green Fritillary but according to their distribution map it is not present in this part of Scotland.
It is the first time in some 40 years that this butterfly has been seen in our garden.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: vw.arnold is spot on: a worn female Dark Green.
No interactions present.
Other observations of Dark Green Fritillary ( Argynnis aglaja) Species with which
Dark Green Fritillary ( interacts Argynnis aglaja)