Meadow Brown   Maniola jurtina

Maniola jurtina male Maniola jurtina underwing

This butterfly is a common visitor to the acre of grass in our garden but not one which poses for long. It is known to feed on Helictotrichon ssp, Agrostis ssp, Brachypodium ssp, Festuca ssp and the one type of grass which grows in the garden: Poa ssp.

In the wild it is often found sampling the nectar of brambles (Rubus fruticosus agg.) and in our garden, Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) flowers.

LHS: Field near Alvanley 26th July 2008 RHS: Our Garden, Cheshire, 26th July 2008

Added on 20th Oct 04, amended on Jan 29th 05, updated 26th June & 26th July & Nov 6th 08, updated 6th June 2010

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