View of chocolate brown butterfly with cream markings on the wings

Speckled Wood. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona recently sent us this photo with the following comments:

Yet another dreary day, and I’m still looking forward to my first butterfly sighting of 2020. In the meantime, I have 2019’s photos to remind me of summer days. I spent some time playing peek-a-boo with this female Speckled Wood in my Broadstone garden on 31/07/19; every time I approached with my camera she flew away, to return when my back was turned! I did manage to get some photos eventually, and was interested to see that she has a pale ring in the cream spot next to the dark ring on her forewings. I haven’t noticed this on other Speckled Woods I have seen.

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