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Ragged winged butterfly at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve

Observed: 9th May 2011 By: gardenersassistantgardenersassistant’s reputation in Invertebratesgardenersassistant’s reputation in Invertebratesgardenersassistant’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

It looks rather damaged presumably that isn't the normal wing-shape? (And presumably it is a butterfly not a moth?)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) interacts

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Speckled Woods -

are frequently seen in this sort of tattered state. I assume most of the time it is caused by birds pecking at them, but they are also quite aggressive (I know that sounds a bit daft, speaking of a butterfly), so maybe some of the damage is caused by in-flight fights?