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.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
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)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Speckled Wood is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
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.