The Speckled wood is a medium-sized butterfly that flies from May to July. Its rust-coloured wings have patches of pale yellow and eyespots.
The Speckled wood lives in semi-shady forests and on the edges of forests. Its range extends from North Africa to the central parts of Fennoscandia up to Central Asia.
Its speckled colouring gives the butterflies great protection in the light-shady mixed forest. The larva lives on a variety of grass, such as the Mountain melick (Melica nutans).
The Speckled wood is somewhat rare; in the past it has declined because of forestry practices back then. However, large populations of the Speckled wood can also be found. Modern sustainable forest management practices contribute to the vitality of insect fauna too.
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