30th June 2014

Just back from Sussex, and the garden is very lush. No time to look round it yet so here’s one of the Brown butterflies that is very widespread all over the British Isles, (including our garden) except for high mountains and Shetland. The Meadow Brown is quite a large butterfly and flies low, often in colonies, in gardens,

Male Meadow Brown butterfly.

Male Meadow Brown butterfly.

Female Meadow Brown butterfly

Female Meadow Brown butterfly

Cinnabar Moth

Cinnabar Moth

grasslands, bramble bushes and many other habitats. Though they are still one of the most frequently seen butterflies they are being affected by intensive farming, and by mowing of road verges, which reduces the variety and height of the grasses it feeds on. The main way to tell brown butterflies apart is by looking at their ‘eye’ markings. The Meadow Brown, though its colours can vary quite a lot, have only one white spot in a dark spot on their forewings and none on their hind wings. Generally, the male is darker than the female, which has brighter patches of orange on its forewings. (P.S. Just before I left, I found a much brighter coloured Cinnabar Moth than the faded one I photographed the other day, so I’ll include it today because it shows the identifying black and red markings more clearly. Conditions: A mostly cloudy day with some sun. Temperature: Max 19- Min 12 C

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