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East Midlands Branch Butterfly Conservation

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria


The Speckled Wood is a butterfly of dappled woodland glades and can tolerate more shade than most other butterflies. It has undergone a dramatic expansion of its range during the 20th century, and is now common and widespread south of a line from Westmorland to South Yorkshire. It is also found in wooded hedgerows and in gardens.


The Speckled Wood is easy to identify from the cream markings against the chocolate ground colour of the upper wings.

Flight times

The Speckled Wood uniquely overwinters as both a chrysalis or a caterpillar, giving rise to 3 overlapping broods which appear between late March and early October.

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly a wide variety of grasses such as Cock's-foot, Yorkshire Fog and False Broom.

Speckled Wood - © Christine Maughan  picture of Speckled Wood butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Speckled Wood distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 401
First sighting 09/03/2010
Last sighting 17/10/2010
Speckled Wood distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 471
First sighting 17/03/2011
Last sighting 14/11/2011
Speckled Wood distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 329
First sighting 01/03/2012
Last sighting 27/10/2012
Speckled Wood distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 482
First sighting 31/03/2013
Last sighting 25/10/2013
Speckled Wood distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 675
First sighting 09/03/2014
Last sighting 04/11/2014
Speckled Wood distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 707
First sighting 22/03/2015
Last sighting 11/11/2015
Speckled Wood distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Speckled Wood distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

Speckled Wood distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14

Comparison of years 2005-09 & 2010-14

Distribution is showing an infilling in established areas, with some expansion of its range into more northerly areas.


Photo Gallery

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood © Christine Maughan

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Speckled Wood © Simon Jenkins

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Speckled Wood © Simon Jenkins

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Speckled Wood © Richard Jeffery

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