Meadow Brown


The medium-sized meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is one of the commonest grassland butterflies, on the wing in the summer from June to September.  It even flies in dull weather when other butterflies are inactive. Which may explain why I saw this chappie in the garden on Wednesday.

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  1. BeckyB says:

    What a handsome butterfly

    1. BeckyB says:

      PS and perspective is fabulous. Feels almost 3D

      1. Heyjude says:

        He landed and as soon as I reached for the phone he flew away, lucky for me only to another plant! I swear they wait for me to reach for a camera!

        1. BeckyB says:

          They know, they definitely know. I’ve slid down so many banks.

    2. Heyjude says:

      The white ‘eyes’ just gleamed!

  2. beetleypete says:

    I see those on Hoe Rough. Saw some this afternoon in dullish weather. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      First one in my garden. I haven’t seen many butterflies yet this year, a few Red Admirals and some Whites.

      1. beetleypete says:

        We seem to only get whites in our garden. Probably because we don’t have any flowers. x

        1. Heyjude says:

          Flowers help, but I have plenty of those and still no visitors.

  3. Beautiful butterfly – fabulous shot, it’s almost posing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was definitely posing. Resting in the sunshine after a cloudy morning.

  4. margaret21 says:

    I haven’t seen to many yet this season, but they’re normally common. A lovely photo!

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Fantastic shot Jude

  6. Sandra says:

    Beautiful. The white dots on the black ‘eyes’ immediately brought catchlight to mind 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. I had the same thought.

  7. Sue says:

    Ah, he’s lovely…yonks since I saw one

  8. restlessjo says:

    A handsome chappie 🙂 🙂

  9. Jude, this is a beauty. Well done for taking such a great photo of a tricky subject.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well nothing tricky about this one, s(he) was quite happy to simply lie there basking in the sun!

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