Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Adult Meadow Brown (subspecies M. j. jurtina) at Geddington, Northants - June 2011

Featured Subspecies: Maniola jurtina jurtina
Length: ?
Wingspan: 40-55mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Meadow Browns are one of those small comparatively drab butterflies that people probably overlook due to the lack of brilliant colours found on many species. Despite that, looking at them up close they are a relatively attractive species with their dark backs contrasting against the bright orange. Quite common in grassy habitat during the months when they are in flight.

Related Species:
Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Maniola
SUBSPECIES: M. j. hispulla, M. j. hyperhispulla, M. j. jurtina, M. j. janira, M. j. strandiana, M. j. persica, M. j. phormia

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and other sites 

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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