North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan Dark Green Fritillary

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North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan
Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja

1 Current status
1.1 National
Like many other fritillary butterflies the caterpillars of the Dark Green Fritillary feed exclusively upon violets. The adults are in flight between June and August and feed on a variety of flowers.
The species remains widespread but local. It has suffered local declines in recent years but is less severely threatened than several other fritillaries.

1.2 Local
Dark Green Fritillaries used to be common on the Sefton Coast sand dunes but are now much scarcer, being confined to an area between Birkdale and Hightown. Previous inland sites have all seemingly been lost.