Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Adult Speckled Wood (subspecies T. a. tircis) at Geddington, Northants - August 2009

OTHER NAMES: Enfield Eye, Wood Argus
Featured Subspecies: Pararge aegeria tircis
Length: ?
Wingspan: 46-52mm
UK Status: Least Concern / IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Speckled Woods are distinctive little butterflies with a name which more or less tells you the core things you need to know about them to find them - they are primarily a woodland species and they are distinctively speckled.  Found in many woodlands throughout the UK, it's also found in Europe where the yellow speckling of the UK subspecies is replaced by orange.

Related Species:
Order: 
Lepidoptera 
Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Pararge
SUBSPECIES: P. a. aegeria, P. a. tircis, P. a. oblita, P. a. insula

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock and numerous other locations
SPAIN - Scarce but locally abundant resident where suitable habitat exists.
 - SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: Numerous around El Rocio

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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