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Butterflies - Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

The Speckled Wood is a common species found in woodland and scrub where dappled sunlight and areas of lush grass grow in damper areas. The male will often be seen perched with wings wide open in areas of sunlight, chasing intruders and females which wander by. Both male and female butterflies feed on honeydew in tree tops, only occsionally being seen feeding on flowers.

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False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus)
Common Couch (Elytrigia repens)
Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata)

The Speckled Wood breeds in woodland habitats, lanes and tracks between tall hedgerows, parks, gardens, and scrub. It seems to prefer slightly damp areas where there is tall grass and some dappled shade.

Resident in Warwickshire.

Clowes Wood (WWT Reserve)
New Fallings Copice (WWT Reserve)

Find out more about the Speckled Wood online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Speckled Wood butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Speckled Wood Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Speckled Wood - 2011 records / distribution. Speckled Wood - 2010 records / distribution. Speckled Wood - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Speckled WoodSpeckled Wood © Steven Cheshire - Weddington, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Speckled Wood submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

14/04/2018 Sutton Coldfield

26/03/2017 Kenilworth

25/03/2016 Wainbody Wood

08/04/2015 Olton

09/04/2014 Ashlawn Cutting

03/01/2013 Warwick

20/03/2012 Ryton Wood Meadows / Priory Fields,

06/04/2011 Garden CV37 7JJ

13/04/2010 Newbold Quarry Park, Rugby

01/04/2009 Glasshouse Spinney, Kenilworth

22/04/2008 Ashlawn Cutting LNR - Rugby

14/03/2007 Hampton-in-Arden

Other Species

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