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Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pararge aegeria Pararge aegeria
  • Cambridge, old St Ives railway line, TL459616 17 Jul 2002. BF1614


Marbled White Melanargia galathea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Melanargia galathea
  • Cambridge, Coldhams Common, TL474583 1 Jul 2014. BF1620
  • A grassland species with a fondness for purple flowers.
  • Has expanded its range dramatically over the last 20 years, indeed the rapid spread may only have started around 2011. Traditionally concentrated on downland from Hampshire to Somerset, it is now found throughout southern England and into Yorkshire and Lancashire.
  • Larvae feed on various grasses, including red fescue, sheep's fescue, timothy, cock's foot and tor grass.


Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus, 1771)

Pyronia tithonus Pyronia tithonus
Pyronia tithonus
  • Cambridge, female (l) 26 Jul 2000 & male (r) 14 Jul 2001.
  • Underside 16 Jul 2002
  • BF1625
  • The double white dots in the forewing black spots are characteristic of this species.
  • The dark bands on the male's forewings are scent scales.
  • Larval foodplant: various grasses


Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Maniola jurtina Maniola jurtina
  • Cambridge, old St Ives railway line TL462614, 15 Jul 2002. BF1626
  • Larval foodplant: various grasses
  • Supposedly not very frequent in town gardens ...


Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Aphantopus hyperantus Aphantopus hyperantus
  • Cambridge, old St Ives Railway TL462615, 10-11 Jul 2002. BF1629


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