Wall (Lasiommata megera)

Cheshire local information

When to see: May-September

Where to see: Now restricted to coastal habitats around the Wirral and areas of shot, open grassland (for example the Pennine foothills)

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 45-53mm

Caterpillar food plant: Grasses

Cheshire status: Formerly a widespread resident, but in recent years significant losses has meant that it is now only thinly distributed in very small numbers. At times during the 1970ís and 1980ís it was much commoner and its subsequent decline cannot easily be explained, although it is known that the Wall has always undergone periodic fluctuations. Normally double-brooded with peak numbers seen in late May and again in August, plus a partial third emergence in favourable years.