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Meadow Brown
(Maniola jurtina)


Fairly common butterfly in Lleyn, the Meadow Brown can be seen anywhere with tall grasses. Wasteland, rough meadows, woodland rides and glades are all typical habitats and the butterfly also occurs in gardens that are not over-tidy.
The Meadow Brown has an extended flight period which can start as early as May, peaks at the end of July, and the occasional individual may still be flying in early October. The larvae feed on a wide range of grasses, eating the leaves rather than the flowers or flower stalks. When not feeding they hide themselves low down at the base of the stems and it is here that they pass the winter months. In the spring, when the larvae are larger and more conspicuous, feeding becomes nocturnal.