It … The female has brighter markings than the male. This species may overwinter in two different developments, pupae and larvae. Male–male competition over territorial ownership suggests that winning is associated with considerable benefits. Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) male flying in habitat, Finland, April. Speckled Wood, Butterflies of the World, 2000+ species illustrated. Email this Article ... Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) female 2 head.jpg The Small whites (Pieris rapae) here are two females and a male (below, right). In very warm weather, this ‘perching’ behaviour (i.e staying in the same place) may give way to ‘patrolling’ i.e. 30.29 x 19.44 cm (300 dpi) 11.92 x 7.65 inch (300 dpi) 4.8 MB size on disk. In dense deciduous and coniferous woodland most males perch in sunlit patches of understorey vegetation and defend them from other males to maximize their probability of mating (Davies 1978; Wickman & … Male speckled wood butterflies have been identified as "perchers" but less is known about the role females play. Restrictions. sunlit patches on the forest floor) is driven by structural characteristics of the site that affect male visual detection. If you see a Speckled Wood guarding a patch of sunlight and fighting off intruders, it is a male. Speckled wood butterflies are active during the day and feed on aphid honeydew, a sugary liquid excreted by small insects when they feed on plants. Due to a reduction in coppicing, which has increased the amount of shaded woodland, they’ve actually Photo about Female speckled wood butterfly sitting with closed wings on a dry brown autumn leaf - Pararge aegeria. Recent studies suggested that the selection of territories (i.e. Latin Name. your own Pins on Pinterest It has white-edged wings. Female speckled wood butterflies (Pararge aegeria L. Satyridae) usually mate once (Wickman & Wiklund 1983; Shreeve 1985), and males compete for scarce receptive females. Depending on the weather, there can be two or three generations per year in Britain and Ireland. 2019 photographs highlighted in yellow. They’re brown or orange in colour, with cream, yellow or white eyespots. of male mating history (virgin vs non-virgin) on spermato phore size and copulation duration and the effects of variation in spermatophore size on female life span and reproductive output in P. aegeria. An often acrobatic forager, this black-and-white woodpecker is at home on tiny branches or balancing on slender plant galls, sycamore seed balls, and suet feeders. Species. Female Speckled Wood. Female lays single eggs in sheltered places. The effect of wing colour on male behavioural strategies in the speckled wood butterfly. Swallowtail Male Photo © Phil Bromley Either behaviour is a way of finding a female with which to mate. Landed on my garden chair and stayed for a few minutes. Max file size. Females have brighter and more distinct markings than males. There were quite a few flutterings in Whippendell Woods this morning, where I was checking out the orienteering points ready for an evening session at the Hertfordshire Guide County Camp next Monday. Male defends its territory against every intruder in the neighbourhood. Males are highly territorial and will defend their territory against intruding males. insula from Scilly (bottom row). Abstract Some male Pararge aegeria perch in patches of sunlit vegetation in woodland understorey and defend them from other males to increase their probability of obtaining virgin females. Image number. 01319012 . 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