Meadow Brown

Maniola Jurtina

Family Nymphalidae 
  • Colouring – Light brown with two small round black eyes on each wing.
  • Life span – June to September.
  • Native – British butterfly.
  • Caterpillar egg colour – Light brown and hairy, evolves and becomes green in colour.
  • Eggs to caterpillar – 4-6 weeks.
  • Food for the caterpillar – Cocks foot, downy, oat grass, fine leaves.
  • Food for the butterfly – Grasslands, scrubs, thistles, gardens, parks. 
Special features

The Meadow Brown can be found in a variety of habitats: grassland, open areas of woodlands, mixed scrub, hedgerows, gardens and parks.