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Speckled Wood Buterfly

By Metro6R4  
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.

Tags: Macro Fly Insect Close up Bug Wings Wildlife and nature

Voters: Badgerfred, richmowil, Growmore and 13 more


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Comments


30 Jul 2013 12:19AM
3 fine captures,
Fred.

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Gypsyman 6 662 England
30 Jul 2013 5:38AM
Another great set Paul. V2 for me. Eric.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 4:31PM
Well done Paul, I rather like V2 for the eyesWink
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 5:31PM
Three pin sharp and very well captured photographs of this rather battered looking Speckled Wood Paul. Image number 2 is especially good.

Regards Nathan
30 Jul 2013 10:11PM
Snap! My choice today as well. They are lovely butterflies. Cathy

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