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146 Views 1 Reply Last post: Jul 26, 2013 4:17 PM by MikeHardman RSS
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Jul 26, 2013 4:18 PM

Butterfly confirmation please

Whilst cutting the LONG grass I came across a butterfly I have not seen before.  It looked familiar from the butterfly books I've been reading all my life.Got a heads up (@NHM_London) that it is a Speckled Wood .  Look at the following link: http://butterfly-conservation.org/1866-746/speckled-wood.html

 

Otherwise have a look at the photo of the butterfly (somehow it it upside-down ). - corrected (bombuslucorum)

 

 

speckled wood.jpg

 

If it is, how can I encourage it to stick around if not, more of its kind into my garden.

 

Thanks!

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    Jul 26, 2013 4:17 PM (in response to CUNaturePlus)
    Re: Butterfly confirmation please

    It is definitely a speckled wood.

     

    They like sunny spots in woods (even tiny ones from a single shaft of sunlight piercing a dense forest canopy); but they also venture around the edges of woods. They appear relatively disinterested in nectaring, but will feed from bramble when in flower. I expect other folks may have experience of them on other flowers.

     

    So: if it has found its way to your garden, you are probably doing something right to encourage it already. The long grass sounds unusual; it may just have been resting in the shade down amongst the stems. However, the larvae are grass feeders, so the female might have been laying eggs. Wanting more of the same may be tricky however. They rarely occur in large numbers, partly because a male will defend his 'sunspot', sending itinerants off to find one of their own. Two's a fair target however: male and female.

     

    Mike

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