The Silver-washed Fritillary

The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is one of the largest butterfly species flying in Finland. It’s a joy to watch them fly, but it’s a sport to catch them with the camera. After finally finding a good spot with at least half a dozen individuals flying, the game was on.

To be honest, chasing butterflies at noon on a hot summer day has it’s drawbacks. First, the butterflies are far too active. Second, you’re at risk of dehydration even if consuming lots of fluids. Last but not least, a wild, bumpy field where the challenge takes place also places your ankles at risk of getting injured.

A good 1.5 hour try and I was able to get close enough to a couple of the butterflies. This was by far the toughest day so far this season.