Hi Jean Ann, I was surprised to see the butterfly as we had snow at the weekend but the sun was shining this morning so it must have come out of hibernation.
Thanks for your comment.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Description: The speckled wood butterfly has brown wings with creamy-yellow coloured spots on the upper wing with one small dark eye spot near the tip of the upper wing. The lower wings have creamy-yellow coloured spots and a row of three dark eye spots.
Size: The wingspan of the speckled wood butterfly is approximately 50mm.
Habitat: This butterfly can be found in woodlands and hedgerows.
Food: The speckled wood butterfly feeds on the honeydew secreted by aphids. The caterpillar of the speckled wood butterfly feeds on grasses.
Distribution: The speckled wood butterfly is found throughout Europe.
Months Seen: The speckled wood butterfly adult can be seen between March and October.
Did You Know?
The speckled wood can hibernate as a caterpillar or a chrysallis.
Description: The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is bright orange with a black border and blue spots around the edge of the wings. The forewing has 3 rectangular black patches and the hindwings have black on them aswell. The underside of the wings are a black and brown colouring with a row of faint blue spots near the edge.
Size: The Small Tortoiseshell has a wingspan of approximately 45-60mm.
Habitat: This butterfly lives in gardens, parks, meadows, woodlands, grasslands, farms and country lanes.
Food: The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly feeds on nectar from flowering plants such as the buddleia, daisies, thistles, ragwort and dandelion. The caterpillar feeds on stinging nettles.
Distribution: The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly can be found throughout the UK.
Months Seen: This species of butterfly can be seen from March to October.
Did You Know?
The Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar is a black or brown colour with branching spines and yellow bands on eachside of it’s body.
The adult butterfly sleeps in sheds and houses during the Winter.
Eggs from the caterpillar are laid on the stinging nettle.
Description: The Small White butterfly has white wings. The upperside of the wing has one black or grey spot on it’s forewing for the male and two for the female. There is also a black or grey patch on the tip of the forewing.
Size: The wingspan on the Small White is approximately 40-55mm.
Habitat: Meadows, gardens, hedgerows, allotments, parks, grassland and wasteland are home to the Small White butterfly.
Food: The Small White butterfly feeds on nectar particularly on plants with white flowers and the caterpillars feed on brassicas and garlic mustard.
Distribution: This species of butterfly can be found throughout the UK.
Months Seen: The Small White butterfly can be seen between April and October.
Did You Know?
The Small White butterfly is commonly referred to as the Cabbage White.
This butterfly is related to the Large White butterfly.
The caterpillars are bright green with tiny black speckles and covered with fine hairs.
The Small White caterpillar’s eggs are laid singly and gradually turn yellow.
Description: The Wall Brown butterfly has orange wings with a brown border and brown markings on the wing. Near the tip of the forewings the Wall Brown has a prominent eye spot with an arc of 3 or 4 eye spots on the hindwing. The underside of the wing is a brown colour which acts as a camouflage when resting on rocks and stones.
Size: The Wall Brown has a forewing span of up to 50mm.
Habitat: The Wall Brown can be found in rough grassland, country lanes, roadside verges, grassy orchards, dis-used quarries, coastal regions and shrubberies.
Food: The Wall Brown Butterfly feeds on nectar and the Wall Brown caterpillar feeds on grasses.
Distribution: Wall Brown butterflies are found in North Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe with the exception of Northern Scandinavia.
Months Seen: This butterfly can usually be seen between March and October.
Did You Know?
The Wall Brown butterfly likes to settle on rocks and walls.
This butterfly has declined in numbers in central Britain and Northern Ireland.