|Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)|
So, here are the facts:
- As you might have guessed from their name they like to live in woodland but they will also sometimes live in places like lanes and parks that have tall hedges.
- They are quite common south of Yorkshire and Cumbria but get a bit more scattered after that, their numbers declined in the 1800's but since the 1920's they have been doing better and spreading further north.
- They are one of the only butterflies that you will find in shade. They tend to like slightly damp grassy areas with dappled shade.
- Their wingspan is between 46 and 56mm the males are a little bit smaller than the females.
- The adults feed on honeydew at the tops of the trees so you don't often see them feeding, though sometimes they do feed on other flowers.
- Adults are seen throughout March until October - quite a long season compared to some butterflies.
- I was looking up their life cycle and it was a bit hard but then I found out something quite interesting. They have an interesting advantage. They can overwinter as pupae and larvae!
|...And also sunbathing!|
- This means that adults emerge at different times in the Spring and if the weather is right there may be two or three adult generations in one season.
- Caterpillars of this butterfly have a few plants they like to feed on which are False Broom, Cock's-foot, Yorkshire-fog and Common Couch.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,