The Silver-washed Fritillary is always a target species for me to find each year. This has been so since I found it in a large woodland area (Fineshade) some years ago.
According to all the butterfly books and internet information I read about it, it is supposed to be very rare in this part of England. It has certainly been seen in two locations within a few miles of each other over the last few years to my knowledge and that of other local bloggers.
See John's excellent recently obtained images at the other location that I am aware of.
It was uncertain how this species would fair this year due to the extreme inclement weather we have had this Spring/Summer. Although I found some in the same location as previous years, I didn't find as many. This may be due to the season for this species being late or they have suffered greater losses due to the weather.
The few that I did find certainly gave me the run-around as they rarely pitched, when they did it was always in a difficult location either up high or deep in large bushy areas. So these few images are the sum total of my present efforts.
This is mainly a woodland species that can be observed along the edge of sunny woodland tracks.
It is the largest of our Fritillary species, the male has a wingspan of 72mm and the female 76mm.