Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia

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Fritileán Geal [IRL]

Tabac d'Espagne [F]

Kaisermantel [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information


Scattered throughout Ireland, more common in southern regions.


70-75mm (2.75 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

This butterfly is the largest of the fritillaries found in Ireland. It can be easily distinguished from the Dark Green Fritillary by its underside streaks of silver.
The butterfly is found in woods and wooded hedgerows.
The female has a slightly darker pattern than the male.