The Silver-washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
This species is more common in the south and west of the country, but is being more frequently reported from woodland in Essex.
The population at Marks Hall near Coggeshall is referred to in their visitor guide as recently reintroduced.
It is on the wing from the end of June to mid to late August when it can be seen in warm, sheltered clearings in woodland.
It over-winters as a caterpillar. The larval food plants are Violets.
5 July 2011. Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex. 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
4 July 2011. Stour Wood, Essex. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
11 July 2011. Stour Wood, Essex. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
19 July 2011. Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex. 4 Silver-washed Fritillaries in Thrift Wood (morning).
22 July 2011. Brampton Wood, Cambs. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries (morning).
22 July 2012. Gamlingay Wood, Cambs. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries (late afternoon).
26 July 2012. Gamlingay Wood. 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
26 July 2012. Brampton Wood, Main Ride. 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries (afternoon). One appeared fascinated by a few clover leaves in the middle of the ride, it made
several landings and looked to be probing the surface.
11 July 2013. Brampton Wood (late afternoon). 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries.
15 July 2013. Wolves Wood, Suffolk (mid day). 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries - from time to time being hustled by Commas.
1 Aug 2014. Broak's Wood, Gosfield, Essex. 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, male. Seen in a sun-lit gap where a path briefly widened.