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Meadow Brown

(Maniola jurtina)

 

Two males 24/06/04 Rhône (69)

Male 12/05/03 Rhône (69)

Male 10/06/12 Rhône (69)

Male 03/05/07 Rhône (69)

Female 19/06/05 Rhône (69)

Female 09/08/09 Rhône (69)

Female 09/08/09 Rhône (69)

Female 02/06/03 Rhône (69)

Female 25/06/03 Rhône (69)

 

This butterfly is generally very abundant during its flight period. It settles mostly with its wings closed but does tend to flash them open and shut quickly just after landing. In dull weather adults will occasionally bask with wings open making it easy to identify the sexes, the female having conspicuous zones of orange. The underside of the hindwing is variable in appearance ranging from quite smooth to very grainy. There can be anything up to four black spots as a rule, although these may be absent altogether. Rarely females have a double pupil to the spot in the forewing apex and male eyespots can be blind. The ‘bouncing’ flight is distinctive and usually quite close to the ground. Although the speed of flight seems quite average, butterflies are capable of sudden bouts of  surprisingly rapid flying. Adults are fond of nectaring on lavender in June and thistles and hemp agrimony in August.

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