Dark-green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja


The Dark Green Fritillary is the most widespread of the large fritillaries and is found on downland, dunes, coastal cliffs and moorland. It often flies in damp places. In the East Midlands region it is found predominantly in the Peak District


The Dark Green Fritillary is a large fritillary with golden orange ground colour and black markings on its wings. One of the distinguishing identification features is the green wash on the underwings which gives it its name.

Flight times

There is a single generation flying between early June and early September.

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly close to lush growth of violets.

Dark-green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary - © Christine Maughan

Distribution Maps

Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2005-09
Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2010-14
Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2015-19
Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2005-19

During this fifteen-year period distribution in Derbyshire has spread out from the original nucleus in the Peak District, and there have also been more records from Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire.

Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 63
First sighting 02/06/2015
Last sighting 11/09/2015
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 59
First sighting 06/06/2016
Last sighting 12/09/2016
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 49
First sighting 31/05/2017
Last sighting 28/08/2017
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2018
2018 Summary
No of tetrads 91
First sighting 17/05/2018
Last sighting 15/08/2018
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2019
2019 Summary
No of tetrads 84
First sighting 23/05/2019
Last sighting 30/08/2019
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2020
2020 Summary
No of tetrads 68
First sighting 07/05/2020
Last sighting 24/08/2020
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2021
2021 Summary
No of tetrads 79
First sighting 08/06/2021
Last sighting 16/09/2021
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2022
2022 Summary
No of tetrads 58
First sighting 14/05/2022
Last sighting 01/09/2022

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