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SPECKLED WOOD BUTTERFLY


One of these settled on our gate in the sun. They feed mostly on honeydew in the tree tops, and rarely on flowers. Honeydew is a sugar-rich, sticky liquid secreted by aphids as they feed on plant sap. Northern butterflies are larger because they need bigger wings for thermoregulation. There has been an extraordinary increase in the UK numbers of Speckled Woods due to climate change.

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