Speckled Wood Butterfly Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood Butterfly
Speckled Wood Butterfly top
Speckled Wood Butterfly
The Speckled Wood butterfly likes sunny clearings in shady woodland and aphid honeydew rather than flower nectar.
Speckled Wood Butterfly
Speckled Wood Butterfly
Speckled Wood Butterfly
All the above photographed in Mill Hill/Totteridge, NW London: considerable variation in the pale spots' size and colour (white, cream, very pale yellow, pale pinky-yellow) and in the size and "openness" of the black spots. Females have brighter and sharper markings than males.
Speckled Wood Butterfly underside
Speckled Wood Butterfly side
The Speckled Wood underside