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Meadow Brown

Maniola jurtina

Description:

Appears to have 2 white spots in the circle under the forewing (like a Large Wall Brown) but the hind underwing appears fairly plain.

Habitat:

Coastal headland

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Meadow brown
Maniola jurtina Meadow brown


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2 Comments

Thanks Daniele, the hind wing looks a close match to the Meadow Brown and not really like the other two at all. I have updated the spotting.
I am a little surprised that something as common as the Meadow Brown is not in my book of "Moths and Butterflies of Britain and Europe" but it is in my "Complete British Wildlife" book, albeit with scant information and a tiny top view only.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Malcolm, it could be a Meadow brown. The eyespot can apparently be bipupilled: see description here:
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.p...
Two other similar species seem to be quite different in the hindwing underside aspect:
http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_p...
http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_p...
It doesn't seem to be mottled enough to be a Southern Gatekeeper to me. See what you think!

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Spotted on Jun 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 12, 2014

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