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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Images 1 - 3 contributed by
U.K photographer Bill Edwards.
Images 4 - 7 contributed by
U.K photographer Steve Oddy.
The Meadow Brown is the most abundant butterfly species in most habitats it is found in. Hundreds can be seen together in some locations, flying low over the vegetation.
Adults fly even in on non - sunny days when most other species are inactive.
Males are considerably more active than females, using their time to patrol and investigate other butterflies that come near their territories.
Unless feeding or egg-laying, females spend a good amount of their time on the ground, hidden among the grasses.
There is only one generation of Meadow Browns per year.
The flight period can be quite long, with adults flying from the middle of June to the end of September in most years.
The Meadow Brown is mainly brown with faded orange patches on the forewings.
The best way to identify 'brown' butterflies is to look at the eyespots on their wings.
The combination of relatively large size, orange patches on the forewings only, one eyespot on the forewing and none at all on the hindwings, is unique to the Meadow Brown.
They have only one small white 'pupil' in the eyespots, instead of the Gatekeeper's two.
Adult diet: nectar from bramble flowers, thistle, common ragworts, lavender, coneflowers,
Adult Body Length: approx. 2 in (5 cm) long.
Adult Wing Span: 50-55mm / 4 - 6cm / 1.55 - 2.35"
* There are 4 known sub-species of Meadow Brown.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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