Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Early riser

Eighty minutes after a warm October dawn, although the sun had yet to make an appearance, a butterfly caught my eye. A flighty thing but after ten minutes of stalking I managed to grab this shot. Not the best specimen, it looks as though chunks are missing from the ends of its wings, but by a process of elimination, my Reader’s Digest Field Guide to the Butterflies and Other Insects of Britain pointed to it being a Speckled Wood, Latin name Pararge aegeria. However, the book says the northern limit of its range is the Midlands, apart from an isolated pocket in the far west of Scotland. Ok I admit my guide is vintage 1984 but the Butterfly Conservation website says it is in fact re-colonizing the north. Could this be one aspect of global warming? Or have I simply misidentified it?

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