Ashdown forest fliers

Reccy , a Nature table explorer from the Ashdown forest has seen some beautiful butterflies this morning.

These are silver washed Fritllarys (Argynnis paphia)The male is the lighter colour the female darker and more brown.

Interesting facts :-

The eggs are laid in moss on the shady side of a tree.

The egg is yellow.

The larvae are yellow and become brown.

The larvae have a dorsal line and spiky bristles.

The larvae feed on dog violets.

A great discovery in Ashdown forest.

Thanks Reccy !

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