Butterflies - Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
In the right habitat, the Meadow Brown can be the most abundant butterfly on the wing. They are often seen in large numbers feeding on Bramble alongside other grassland species such as the Gatekeeper and Ringlet. Like the Ringlet, the Meadow Brown will also fly in dull weather... even when its spotting with rain... when most other butterfly species are inactive.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Bents (Agrostis spp.)
Fescues (Festuca spp.)
Meadow-grasses (Poa spp.)
Some coarser grasses are also used:
False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata)
Downy Oat-grass (Helictotrichon pubescens)
The Meadow Brown occurs in a wide variety of grassland habitats such as meadows, roadside verges, hedgerows, woodland rides and clearings. It will also occur in urban habitats such as parks, large gardens, and cemeteries where grassy areas are left to grow tall.
Meadow Browns like all other grassland butterfly species do not form breeding colonies on roadside verges or other grassy areas if they are regularly mown as this reduces the number of grass species, favours the stronger coarser grasses and removes vital nectar sources.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Parliament Piece (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Meadow Brown is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Meadow Brown butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.