Friday, September 14, 2018

Spectacular wood

The president of UK's Butterfly Conservation, well known Sir David Attenborough, said: “The sight of a Speckled Wood flitting through the dappled sunlight of woodland glade is a memorable high summer spectacle."
Wait a minute... What are you babbling boy?
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The UK reported that the Speckled Wood butterfly experienced an extraordinary 71% increase in distribution and 84% increase in abundance in the last 40 years as a result of the changing climate. An increase that comes at a time when more than three quarters of UK's butterfly species are in a state of decline.

As the UK’s climate has warmed the butterfly has spread to colonise East Anglia, the Midlands and much of northern England. The butterfly has also become much more widespread in Scotland where in the 1970s it was restricted to the mildest areas on the west coast and the Moray Firth.

The Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight throughput the Paleartic ecozone. Over here in The Netherlands, we call them 'Zandoogjes', meaning  'sand eyes'. What's in a name, eh?