van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., López Munguira, M., Maes, D., Sasic, M., Verstrael, T., Warren, M. & Settele, J.
Lewis, O. (Butterfly RLA) & Cuttelod, A. (IUCN Red List Unit)
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This species is listed as Least Concern, since it has not been declining by more than 25% in the last ten years and its population size is probably larger than 10,000 adult individuals.
Restricted to the Canary Islands Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Gomera and La Palma. Its elevational range is 200-2,000 m. This is a European endemic species.
A local species, restricted to (semi-) natural areas on the Canary Islands.
The Canary Speckled Wood is a typical woodland butterfly. It can be found throughout the year in laurel and chestnut forests. The caterpillars' foodplants are grasses that grow in woodland and damp grassland, such as false-bromes (Brachypodium spp.), cock’s-foot (Dactylus spp.), Luzula forsteri, Oryzopsis miliacea, Agrostis tenuous and Carex divulsa. Detailed habitat descriptions are not available.
Although this is a European endemic with a restricted range, this species is not believed to face major threats at the European level.
This species occurs in a number of protected areas across its range. No specific conservation actions are needed at a European level. But since it has a restricted global range, its distribution and trend should be monitored closely, for example by a Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. More research to distribution and ecology is needed.