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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2014 at 09:59    Image of day on 28 Nov 2014

In the last warm days of summer this pair of Speckled Wood butterflies fluttered around each other in a pool of woodland light. We love watching this, and sometimes try to capture the feeling as here.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016 at 10:22    Image of day on 11 Oct 2016

A Speckled Wood Butterfly on a blackberry leaf in a tiny shaft of sunlight


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Image Taken on 16 Jun 2015 at 10:23    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

We have had a few sightings of Speckled Wood butterflies at the woodland edge, but this is the first time we had an opportunity for a decent photo.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2019 at 11:07    Image of day on 31 May 2019

In a shaft of sunlight in the woodland, both a Speckled Wood Butterfly (in remarkably good condition after over-wintering) and a small Spider (unidentified) warm themselves on an otherwise chilly day.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 15:52    Image of day on 14 Jul 2018

We know the Speckled Wood butterfly so well, but only when perched with it's wings open. So this one actually puzzled us for a while in a patch of dappled sunlight.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 15:40    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

Speckled Wood butterflies like the edges of our woodland rather than the areas of full sun or shade.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 13:13    Image of day on 15 Oct 2017

This Speckled Wood Butterfly was a fairly cooperative flyer. These are 3 different flights montaged together. The right view is of the 'top' of the wings while the centre and left images are from below.


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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012 at 14:08    Image of day on 23 Oct 2012

There are far fewer of these Speckled Wood Butterflies this year than usual, but this one provided a couple of separate in-flight portraits we decided to show as a single image.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2009 at 14:38    Image of day on 23 May 2009

In the last couple of years speckled wood butterflies have moved from occasional sightings to the most common butterfly here. Unfortunately the previous holder of that title - the Small Tortoiseshell - is becoming a once in a while siting. Anyway, this slightly tatty individual make a nice pic with lilac.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:24    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

This is a speckled wood - the dominant butterfly LAST year and quite common this year.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 15:21    Image of day on 26 Aug 2014

In a patch of sunshine in the woodland where we have been seeing them for year, we found a few freshly emerged Speckled Wood butterflies (even if this one already has a bird peck).


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 13:07    Image of day on 18 Aug 2013

Of the 3 speckled wood butterflies we tried to photograph in flight, only this slightly damaged (possibly bird pecked) individual was a really cooperative flyer.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2009 at 17:46    Image of day on 02 Aug 2009

Speckled wood butterflies have been on the wing now for a couple of months. This nice example landed in the only pool of sunlight near us. Before that a more tatty example in flight from several weeks ago.



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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2008 at 09:48    Image of day on 30 Sep 2008

We have had huge numbers of Speckled wood butterflies this year for what seems to have been the whole summer. First seen this year 4 June 2008 - about 14 weeks so far.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2013 at 10:30    Image of day on 22 Oct 2013

The understated beauty of the Speckled Wood butterfly.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2013 at 10:58    Image of day on 29 Oct 2013

We saw this Speckled Wood butterfly fly down to water level for a drink. To our eyes only about 8 metres away it was camouflaged so well we needed a monocular or camera zoom to see it.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2007 at 10:07    Image of day on 29 Sep 2007

Welcome annual return of what has become one of our regulars now the wood is more established - a speckled wood, here sunbathing on a willow leaf.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2019 at 10:25    Image of day on 01 Aug 2019

Walking along the edge of the Wheat crop we found this Speckled Wood Butterfly perched on this Wheat stem.


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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2015 at 14:54    Image of day on 09 Jun 2015

Our first Speckled Wood Butterfly of the year. They overwinter in Chrysalis form to emerge in Spring, unlike Peacock, Tortoiseshell & Brimstone butterflies that overwinter as adults, and can wake up very tatty and bleached.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2018 at 09:38    Image of day on 30 Jul 2018

A Speckled Wood Butterfly as we normally see them, wings at least partially open.


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