Species: Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina insularis)

Family: Fritillaries, Nymphalids and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: NW

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Fritillaries, Nymphalids and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE)

This is a large family containing many of our most colourful and familiar butterflies. Many are strong fliers, with a flapping flight interspersed with glides and swoops. The Fritillaries are predominantly orange with dark markings, and the Browns largely brown, but the Nymphalids have a range of colours.

C. Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina insularis)

This is a common, widespread butterfly found in a range of habitats, and will even be seen flying on cool, overcast days. It favours bramble on which to feed, with the eggs being laid on grasses, particularly fescues, meadow-grasses, bents, and rye-grasses, all found in the cemetery. The green, hairy caterpillars have a lateral stripe. Adults fly from late May until October.

Images

The Meadow Brown butterfly is a common, widespread butterfly found in a range of habitats. The one photographed here is a female.