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Speckled Wood Butterfly:
Latin name: Pararge aegeria
Size: Wingspan approximately 45mm
Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Less common in Scotland
Months seen: April to October
Habitat: Woodland glades and rides
Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on grasses
Special features: These butterflies tend to be found, as their name suggests, in woodlands. They are normally seen fluttering in the shafts of sunlight which penetrate through the woodland canopy.

The males are fiercely territorial. They perch on foliage, waiting for other passing males to enter their air space. When this happens they quickly take to the air and engage it in a fight.

The mid-air 'dogfight' involves spiraling round and round the intruder until it's driven away. It's believed that the males have one wing slightly smaller than the other, in order to perform this spiraling manoeuvre more skillfully.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:150mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jul 2013 - 10:49 AM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Speckled Wood Buterfly
Username:Metro6R4 Metro6R4
Uploaded:30 Jul 2013 - 12:16 AM
Tags:Bug, Close up, Fly, Insect, Macro, Wildlife / nature, Wings
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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
30 Jul 2013 - 12:19 AM

3 fine captures,
Fred.

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Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 5:38 AM

Another great set Paul. V2 for me. Eric.

Last Modified By Gypsyman at 30 Jul 2013 - 5:41 AM

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2013 - 4:31 PM

Well done Paul, I rather like V2 for the eyesWink

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2013 - 5:31 PM

Three pin sharp and very well captured photographs of this rather battered looking Speckled Wood Paul. Image number 2 is especially good.

Regards Nathan

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 - 10:11 PM

Snap! My choice today as well. They are lovely butterflies. Cathy

Last Modified By Holmewood at 30 Jul 2013 - 10:12 PM

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