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This butterfly was out and about in early March in Poitou-Charentes.

Speckled wood

Speckled Wood

I photographed this one whilst walking along a cliff top path near Saint Palais sur Mer on 4th March 2015.

The caterpillars feed on various grasses, and are long green and thin thus resembling a blade of grass and this helps them to avoid be eaten by hungry birds and lizards.

There are normally several broods of butterflies each year. This species overwinters as a caterpillar or as the chrysalid.

There is a similar butterfly called the Wall Brown and they do look quite similar, the photo below is the Wall Brown.wall brown

This photo is from a web site called http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/butterflies.html