Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
A common butterfly, the Speckled Wood can be expected wherever woodland rides and edges provide some shade with dappled sunlight. The butterfly's spotted pattern seems almost to reflect the dappled light conditions that it favours. These butterflies may be found in large gardens with mature trees and long grass.
The larvae are grass feeders, particularly on coarser grasses.
The first butterflies emerge in April and May from the chrysalis. Later emergences extend the egg-
In the British Isles the Speckled Wood is the sub-