Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)  

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8664_male_Var_31Jul07 14486_male_Rhône_12Apr09 23892_male_Var_14Sep10
 
05_01-24_female_Var_Apr05 23896_male_Var_14Sep10  

A relatively common butterfly both in the UK and in France. The orange form is aegeria (the nominate form), common in the southern half of France, whereas the more creamy white form found in northern Europe (including all of the UK) is the subspecies tircis.

As with most Satyridae species, the female is more extensively marked. Aegeria is a butterfly of dappled shade, often flying in dull weather.
ref sex

observations

alt. m
8664 M

a typical male of the nominate form.

450
14486 M

a fresh male of the nominate form, showing the extent and brightness of the orange markings.

320
23892 M

a male of the nominate form.

10
05_01-24 F

a typical female of the nominate form. It probably looks quite exotic to anyone who is only familiar with the UK form.

 
23896 M

a male of the nominate form.

10

 

8664_male_Var_31Jul07

 

14486_male_Rhône_12Apr09

 

23892_male_Var_14Sep10

 

05_01-24_female_Var_Apr05

 

23896_male_Var_14Sep10