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Butterfly  Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify British butterflies there's a beautifully illustrated fold out chart in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Maniola jurtina

Size: Wingspan approximately 50mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: June to October

Habitat: Meadows and woodland edges.

Food: Nectar.

Special features: The male (top) is slightly smaller than the female, and dark brown all over. The male has one black 'eye' spot on each forewing. The female has large orange patches and an eye spot on each forewing.

Meadow browns matingThe adult butterflies only live for around 5 to 12 days and usually mate within the first couple of days of their lives. The eggs are laid within 4 days.

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