Sunday, 1 April 2012
I saw my first Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeia) of the year in the garden this morning.
This species has a flight period from early April to mid October with 2 or 3 generations a year depending upon Summer temperatures.
Speckled Woods pass the Winter as either a caterpillar or chrysalis so this will be a newly emerged individual.
Males defend their territory vigorously by engaging in spiralling aerial "battles".
This species was originally called the "Enfield Eye" because it was found on Enfield Chase near London and then "Wood Argus" until the present name became popular.
Butterfly Species 2012 = 2