Meadow Brown
  Maniola jurtina
 


Photograph by Tony Mainwood


DESCRIPTION

Male is dark brown with one eye marking on the apex of each forewing. Females have a larger area of orange surrounding the eye marking.

Wingspan 40 - 55mm (male), 42 - 60mm (female).

LIFE CYCLE

Single brooded. Ova laid singly on grass blades, hatching in about 2 weeks. Larvae overwinter, feeding during mild spells. Pupation occurs in early June and this stage lasts up to a month.

FLIGHT TIMES

Usually mid June to September.

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

A common and widespread species, absent only from Shetland.

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