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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Silver-washed fritillary, butterfly

Silver-washed fritillary, Fritileán Geal, Argynnis paphia

The spectacular Silver-washed Fritillary is a large and impressive butterfly that can be found on the wing in Glendalough in the summer. The tops of its wings are orange and brown and the underside of its wings has a silvery sheen. The caterpillars eat violets, so woodland is the preferred habitat for this species. Another large and very similar species, the Dark Green Fritillary can be seen flying fast on the bogs and open mountains within the Park. Both species are on the wing from June to September.

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