A medium sized brown butterfly, speckled with either pale yellow or orange spots. The forewing has a black spot, white pupiled. The hindwing upperside has a series of yellow bordered submarginal black spots, white pupiled. The forewing underside is similar to the upperside, the hindwing is bottled brown. The markings are distinctive, so shouldn’t be confused with any other species. Females tend to have larger yellow or orange spots than males.
Shaded woody areas and gardens.
Heath False-brome Brachypodium pinnatum, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Bermuda Grass Cynodon dactylon, Cock's-foot Dactylis glomerata subsp. hispanica, Common Couch Elytrigia repens, Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus.
In the north of Europe, the ground colour of this butterfly is usually chocolate and vanillla. In southern Europe this changes to chocolate and orange. Interestingly, on Corfu both colour morphs can be seen.
*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Speckled Wood submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.
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The chart below shows flight data by month for 2023 submitted online since 1st January 2023 to 8th June 2023.
The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 8th June 2023.
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