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Nymphalidae - Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina
Nymphalidae - Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina

Meadow brown
The meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is a species in the order butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) and the family Nymphalidae. It is common in Europe, North America and Asia. Meadow browns reach wingspans of 40 - 50 mm. In the females, the upper surface of the wings is dark brown. The front wings have a yellow-orange band, and a dark, round spot with a white centre which resembles an eye. The males are smaller and have a similar colouration. However, their "eyes" are not as big as those of the females. The undersides of the wings are yellow. There are "eyes" there too. The underside of the hind wings bears a jagged grey band. In the males this is a bit lighter.
Butterfly - Meadow Brown
Butterfly - Meadow Brown
The caterpillar is green. It has a dark stripe on its upper surface. The last segment bears the forked tail. The meadow brown is found almost everywhere, but is rare above 1600 metres.

Eggs are laid on the soil or on grass. The caterpillars shed their skin twice. They overwinter and pupate in May. The cocoon is spun on a blade of grass and is yellowish-green. The next adult meadow browns emerge in June.

The meadow brown is active from June to September. It reproduces once a year.

Maniola (Maniola) jurtina
Common namesMeadow Brown
German namesGroßes Ochsenauge, Grosses Ochsenauge, Maennchen, Kuhauge
Dutch namesBruin zandoogje
Danish namesGræsrandøje
Finnish namesTummahäränsilmä
Norwegian namesRappringvinge
Swedish namesSlåttergräsfjäril
Spanish namesLoba, La Loba
French namesMyrtil, Myrtile, Jurtine, Janire, Le
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire), West Midlands (Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire)), South England (Southeast England (Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey county), Southwest England (Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire, Devonshire), Greater London), East England (Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire), Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire), North England (Northeast England (Northumberland, County Durham), Northwest England (Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester), Yorkshire (North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire))), Scotland (Scottish Highlands (Hebrides), Northern Isles (Orkney Islands), Fife, Grampian), Wales (North Wales (Denbighshire, Caernarfonshire, Anglesey), South Wales (Southwest Wales (Pembrokeshire)), Mid Wales (Cardiganshire, Brecknockshire))), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (South Germany (Bavaria), North Rhine-Westphalia, North Germany)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Rogaland, Telemark, Hordaland, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria (Vienna), France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Languedoc-Roussillon (Aude), Midi-Pyrenees), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Rhône-Alpes (Savoie)))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein, Channel Islands (Sark)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), South Italy (Calabria, Abruzzo (L´Aquila)), North Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome, Frosinone))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
South Asia (India (East India (Bihar))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Iran, Iraq)), Far East (East Asia (Japan)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan)), North Asia
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CountriesAlbania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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Meadow Brown
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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