Dark Green Fritillary
  Argynnis aglaja
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Overview

This striking butterfly is quite widespread in Cumbria although it is most commonly found in the south of the county and around the coast. Although it is widely found in the woodlands of south Cumbria, it is primarily a grassland species and does especially well on coastal grassland sites.


Where to look

Good coastal sites are Drigg Dunes, SD 050985: South Walney, SD 214622 and Sandscale Haws, SD 197755. It can also be seen in the woodlands of south Cumbria, for example at Howe Ridding CWT Reserve, SD 435876 and almost anywhere on the limestone grasslands centred on Whitbarrow Scar. Inland this butterfly is also common at Yewbarrow, SD435853: Hutton Roof, SD 56577: Barkbooth Lot, SD 416907 and Arnside Knott, SD 457774.


When to look

This butterfly flies from mid-June to mid-August.