Wall brown

Lasiommata megera

The commoner of the wall brown butterflies with a wingspan of 35-53 mm and conspicuous eyespots, females are often larger and lighter, distinguished from the large by the general lighter colouration with paler yellow-orange bands. There are several subspecies in the country. The wall lives in all types of habitats, such as coasts, farmland, vineyards, waste ground, waysides, river valleys, forest edges, meadows, grassy slopes, ravines, and cliffs. Host plants include velvet-grass (Holcus lanatus), orchard-grass (Dactylis glomerata), bromes (Bromus spp.), false-bromes (Brachypodium spp.), meadow-grasses (Poa spp.), fescues (Festuca spp.), and ray-grasses (Lolium spp.). It flies April through October, the butterfly is alert and active, flying up from rocks or walls when disturbed.

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