Speckled Wood

Pararge aegeria (59.003)

The Speckled Wood is a common species in our region and can be found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens, anywhere 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 the tree tops, only occsionally being seen feeding on flowers.

Habitat Requirements

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.

Larval Foodplants

The larvae of the Speckled Wood feed on False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) and Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata).

Distribution in Warwickshire

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Distribution of the Speckled Wood 1995-2004 inclusive


Distribution of the Speckled Wood 2005-2009 inclusive


Distribution of the Speckled Wood 2010-2014 inclusive


Distribution of the Speckled Wood 2015-2019 inclusive


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