Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Cheshire local information

When to see: July-August

Where to see: Open grassland

Behaviour: Perch/Patrol

Wingspan: 40-60mm

Caterpillar food plant: Meadow grasses

Cheshire status: Nowadays an abundant and widespread resident, although in the early 1900ís it was quite scarce in some areas of the county. Despite the loss of traditional farming methods, which will have resulted in some declines in lowland areas, there does not appear to be any change of status in the less intensely farmed upland regions where numbers have always been lower. Favoured habitat is unimproved grassland. Single-brooded flying from early June to late August.

Resources

Spotlight on Cheshire Butterflies: the Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown butterfly