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Speckled WoodPararge aegeria
|Male, 11 September 1977||17 July 1976|
Speckled Woods are commonest in well-shaded woodland where small patches
of leaves or bare ground on tracks are lit by direct sunlight. Here the
males defend territories from other males, whilst waiting for females to
appear. The larvae feed on grasses.
Away from woodland, the Speckled Wood may often be found by roadside hedgerows, and along farm tracks edged by shrubs and trees.
This species is usually very common. It should be less vulnerable to
quite long periods of bad weather than many other species because
there are populstions at two different stages of life-cycle
at any one time.
Flight PeriodThe Speckled Wood's ability to overwinter as either larva or pupa results in a succession of overlapping adult flight periods throughout the season from April to September.
DistributionIn suitable habitat throughout the area.