Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
The Meadow Brown is the most abundant butterfly species in many habitats. Hundreds may be seen together at some sites, flying low over the vegetation. Adults fly even in dull weather when most other butterflies are inactive.
It is one of our most widespread species, but many colonies have been lost due to agricultural intensification.
Habitats include, Grasslands in downland, heathland, coastal dunes, hay meadows, roadside verges, hedgerows, woodland rides and clearings, and waste ground. It also occurs in parks, gardens, and cemeteries.
- Butterfly Conservation