Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Cheshire local information

When to see: April to October

Where to see: Woodland rides and glades. Also suitable gardens and hedgerows.

Behaviour: Perch/territorial

Wingspan: 46-56mm

Caterpillar food plant: Grasses including Cock's-foot (Dactylis glometra), False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus)

Cheshire status: An abundant and widespread resident. Since the late 1980ís its range has significantly extended in a north-easterly direction and it can now be found in small numbers in the Pennine foothills. It would appear that the species has benefited from woods becoming shadier places, although warmer weather conditions may also have helped. Two or three overlapping broods mean that sightings can occur throughout the year from April to October.