Speckled wood

 

The butterflies rarely sit still long enough to photograph them but this one stopped to bathe in the June sunshine. The speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) is common in woodland.  The green caterpillars feed on grasses and the butterflies on aphid honeydew.

In the north of Britain the spots of the wings are white; in the south the spots are creamy yellow or orange.

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