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Wall - Lasiommata megera - Nymphalidae
Wall - Lasiommata megera - Nymphalidae

The wall (Lasiommata megera) is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is common in Europe, North Africa and Asia. The wall reaches wingspans of 40 - 55 mm. The upper surface of the wings is orange-yellow in colour with dark, jagged lines. There is a black "eye" with a white spot in its centre on the upper surface of the forewings. The underside of the forewings is similar to the upper surface. The hind wings have three to four eyes. The underside of the hindwing is grey and bears several small eyes.
Wall - bottom side of wings - butterfly
Wall - bottom side of wings - butterfly
The caterpillar is bluish-green with white stripes. This species produces 2 new generations a year. The eggs are laid on wild grasses, in May or June, and again, in August. The caterpillars hatch from their eggs after about 10 days and feed on the wild grasses. They are nocturnal. The caterpillars of the first generation develop into adults in about a month, while the second generation overwinter. After the caterpillars have pupated, itís about two weeks until the new butterflies hatch.

Lasiommata megera
Common namesWall, Wall Brown
German namesMauerfuchs
Dutch namesArgusvlinder
Danish namesVejrandøje
Finnish namesRuostepapurikko
Norwegian namesSydlig ringvinge, Sørringvinge
Swedish namesSvingelgräsfjäril
Spanish namesSaltacercas
French namesMégère, Satyre, Mégere, La, Le Satyre
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1767
Eco zoneFreshwater

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire, Devonshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cumbria, Cheshire), Northeast England (Northumberland))), Wales (South Wales (Southwest Wales (Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire), Southeast Wales (Glamorganshire, Monmouthshire)), North Wales (Anglesey, Flintshire), Mid Wales (Brecknockshire)), Scotland), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Oslo, Telemark, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein, Channel Islands (Guernsey)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy, South Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome, Frosinone))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (Balearic Islands (Majorca), South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra), San Marino), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia, Montenegro), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan), Palestine), Central Asia (Turkestan (Turkmenistan))
Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast))
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco
Norfolk Island

Fossils: Paleozoic,


West Palaearctic

CountriesAlbania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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Wall, Wall Brown
AuthorLinnaeus, 1767
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