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Brown Butterfly  Wall Butterfly

Wall Butterfly - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying butterflies? Checkout the beautifully illustrated fold-out chart in the Nature Shop called "Butterflies of Britain" - click here

Latin name: Lassiommata megera

Size: Wingspan approximately 50mms.

Distribution: Common throughout southern Britain, but only found in a few areas of southern Scotland.

Months seen: May to September.

Habitat: Open areas of patchy grassland.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on grasses.

Special features: You may come across this butterfly when walking on well worn footpaths. They tend to bask in the sunshine on bare patches of earth with their wings half open.

Their population has been greatly affected by the use of artificial fertilisers, since they prefer large areas of infertile grass, with lots of bare patches.

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