Cornwall butterflies – Meadow Brown

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Walking up a lane from Helford Passage on the Helford Estuary in Cornwall we passed this male Meadow Brown butterfly nectaring on Navelwort (Umbilicus rupestris).

Insight into Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina): common throughout Cornwall and the UK it has a long flight period from the end of May to the beginning of September.

It may be seen almost anywhere but favours open grassland, heaths, woodland glades and open rides.

The sexes are distinct with the male being much darker than the female and the amount of orange on both sexes is variable, with races in the north and west being brighter and the eye-spots more distinct.

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