Have you seen a Speckled Wood butterfly in Scotland?
The Speckled Wood has a fascinating distribution in Scotland. In the past it must have occurred over most of Scotland, but then declined leaving ‘refuges’ around the Moray Firth and the west coast. It is now expanding from these refuges, with additional colonisers arriving from England and even Northern Ireland!
The main unoccupied area at present is the centre of Scotland, but Speckled Woods are now moving in from the west, southeast, southwest, and from the north! The adult butterflies emerge in the spring and can be seen in sunny glades in woodland, as their name suggests. There are at least two broods a year, so adults can be seen right through the summer until September.