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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.

Ref: 20121023_da1_20120907_1408_035+1409_044+1534_127_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight showing both sides of wing with buddleia (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090523_dc1_20090501_1438_078+1543_214 ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight showing top of wing with lilac blossom (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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).

Ref: 20140826_da1_20140622_1521_368+1525_386_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight with cow parsley (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20130818_da1_20130707_1307_022+1332_088_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight with thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20080930_dc1_20080914_0948_023 speckled wood butterfly on buttercup leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 20 Apr 2020 at 11:02    Image of day on 08 May 2020

The first sighting this year of a Speckled Wood Butterfly. This by far the most numerous Butterfly here, and is about for many months.

Ref: 20200508_df3_20200420_1102_020 speckled wood butterfly on emerging beech leaves (1st of 2020)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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

The understated beauty of the Speckled Wood butterfly.

Ref: 20131022_a77_20130826_1030_016 speckled wood butterfly on great willow herb leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20131029_a77_20130901_1058_053 speckled wood butterfly on iris frond drinking from pond & brilliantly camouflaged (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20150609_df3_20150418_1454_295 speckled wood butterfly recently emerged from chrysalis(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20180730_df3_20180615_0938_080 speckled wood butterfly resting on blackberry stem(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Oct 2018 at 13:06    Image of day on 14 Dec 2018

What may be the last Butterfly we see this year, sunning itself on an Autumn leaf. We assumed that these overwintered as adults like several other resident butterfly species, checked, and found that:-
    Speckled Wood - There are 2 - 3 generations a year and the
    butterfly can overwinter as either a caterpillar or as a pupa.

Ref: 20181214_df3_20181022_1306_031 speckled wood butterfly with 2 small bird pecks(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 12:27    Image of day on 20 May 2019

This is an overwintered Speckled Wood Butterfly - a bit tatty but not much faded. You can't see the bird peck on the rear of the far wing, totally by our choice of photo.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2008 at 11:03    Image of day on 05 Oct 2008

Speckled wood butterflies are the dominant butterfly species here this year - here on hawthorn.

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Image of day on 07 Aug 2005

A slight tatty Speckled Wood butterfly on Blackberry.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2015 at 15:36    Image of day on 29 May 2015

We had noticed a Tortoiseshell butterfly chasing a peacock butterfly with amorous intent. Here on a Cherry tree the Tortoiseshell continued to make amorous advances on this totally unsuitable object of affection.

Ref: 20150529_df3_20150409_1536_266 tortoiseshell butterfly (right) courting peacock butterfly in cherry blossom (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 22 May 2022 at 10:45    Image of day on 30 Jun 2022

This Tortoiseshell Butterfly must have overwintered, and while faded and a bit pecked was still flying well, here re-fuelling on a Buttercup.

Ref: 20220630_df3_20220522_1045_101 tortoiseshell butterfly (very worn) feeding on buttercup(r+mb id@768).jpg




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