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Speckled Wood

(Pararge aegeria)

 

Female 14/03/07 Rhône (69)

Male 27/02/07 Rhône (69)

Female 07/04/08 Rhône (69)

Male 23/03/09 Rhône (69)

28/10/07 Rhône (69)

Male 07/05/15 Rhône (69)

Female 16/09/08 Rhône (69)

Male 16/03/11 Rhône (69)

Female 06/04/16 Rhône (69)

Male ssp.tircis 21/04/05 Somerset, England

Ssp.tircis 20/04/05 Somerset, England

Female ssp.tircis 13/07/07 Somerset, England

 

The Speckled Wood is an extremely common butterfly in the Lyon area of France and it is unusual not to see one during a butterfly walk at any time throughout the season. Adults are very fond of spots of dappled sunlight in amongst tree cover but are also found basking on the ground in footpaths and woodland rides. The males are very territorial and will challenge and take on any intruders. Several Speckled Wood males can be observed ‘sparring’. The butterfly is superficially similar to the Wall Brown in appearance and behaviour. These 'orange' butterflies are known as the nominate subspecies of the butterfly P.a.aegeria but in its northern range the butterfly has yellow markings as opposed to orange ones and is referred to as the subspecies P.a.tircis. 'Mid-coloured' individuals may exist where the ranges of the two subspecies overlap.

Rhône list

General index