Speckled Wood (Southern form) (Pararge aegeria aegeria)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Pararge
Species: aegeria aegeria

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On Sep 22, 2007, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

In southern europe the cream spotted form of Speckled Wood (P. aegeria tircis) is replaced by the orange spotted form (P. aegeria aegeria). It was one of the first butterflies I noticed when I moved from the UK to the south of France. Fascinating that the markings seem identical, but the colouring is so different.