59.017 .... B&F 1608
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....The Silver-washed Fritillary was released into Gamston and Eaton Woods near Retford a number of years ago, and where it still survives in small numbers. The butterfly's presence there, resulted in many enthusiasts going to see it in Nottinghamshire for the first time, probably never actually expecting it to turn up anywhere else over the next few years.

But the number of isolated records from across the county, suggests that the butterfly is making some natural attempt to recolonise Nottinghamshire. In July 2014, we found a dead Silver-washed Fritillary at the side of the A60 near Mansfield Woodhouse. Completely distanced from any suitable breeding habitat (or possible release site) the location suggests likely migration and so do other recent records from Newstead and Annesley CP, Annesley Pit Top, Staunton Quarry, Bestwood Lodge, Idle Valley NR, Rainworth and from gardens in Calverton, Cotgrave, Woodthorpe and Radcliffe-on-Trent.
Captive-bred male (lower photographs) and female, photographed May 2022
Early stages                            
Ova laid on moss near base of Oak. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter July 2022.
Young larva (length 10mm). Photographed April 2022
Recently moulted 4th-instar larva (length 12mm). Photographed at Blackpool Plantation May 2023.
Half-grown larva (length 25mm). Photographed April 2022 
Full-grown larva (length 38mm). Photographed April 2022  
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Silver-washed Fritillary
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Duncan Lyon. Phil Lee. NBGRC. Michael Blount. Lound Moth Group. Tom Shields. Brian Wetton. Andrew Shaw. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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