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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.

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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)

Find out more about the Meadow Brown online at the following links;

Flight Chart
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.

Meadow Brown Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Meadow Brown - 2011 records / distribution. Meadow Brown - 2010 records / distribution. Meadow Brown - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Meadow BrownMeadow Brown © Steven Cheshire - underside

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Meadow Brown submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

02/06/2018 Paget's Pool

01/06/2017 Stockton

12/06/2016 Stockton Meadow

11/06/2015 Southam By-pass/Bishops Bowl

08/06/2014 Spernal / Ashlawn

29/06/2013 Temple Balsall Churchyard

19/06/2012 Barston Churchyard

02/06/2011 Shadowbrook Meadows / Field NW of S

11/06/2010 Ryton Wood Meadows/Draycote Meadow

20/05/2009 Ryton Woods

24/05/2008 Middleton Hall

05/06/2007 Pooley Fields, Polesworth

Other Species

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