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Harold photographed this lovely fresh Meadow Brown at Winspit, on 14/09/17.
This butterfly has a long season, from May-Oct, and on dull days is easily disturbed from its resting place deep in grass by walking nearby.
The food plant of the caterpillar is a wide variety of grasses, which goes towards making this species very successful in the UK and Europe.
This striking photograph was taken at Sandford, Wareham on 02/09/2017.
Harold tells us that he had nine Red Admirals in his garden that day, and wondered if they were migrants or homegrown as he put it. Either is possible, so it is difficult to be sure which, but if the early Autumn weather is warm and sunny we can often see higher numbers feeding on Buddleia, Ivy flowers, and garden flowers such as Verbena .
Meadow Brown numbers are reducing now but can still be found in a variety of habitats on sunny days.
Penny saw this Meadow Brown on the West Cliff, Bournemouth on 07/08/2017
One of our commonest butterflies, the subdued colouring of this one’s underwings against the flower it is nectaring on makes this a very pleasing photograph
Taken in Brian’s garden in Harman’s Cross on 04/08/2017
It is interesting to see the completely different colours of the under-wings on the male and female. This is one of the most variably marked butterflies we have, which can often cause confusion over identification with beginners.
Another pair of confused butterflies: perhaps the heat is getting to them! This time it’s a Ringlet (on the left) and a Meadow Brown trying to mate. Unfortunately they are wasting their time, as there will not be any offspring. Spotted by Jennifer on Hod Hill on 01/07/2017.
The red blobs on them are mites called trombidium breei. They do not seem to harm the butterfly. Some species of butterfly are more prone than others – ones that are often seen with red mites are Meadow Brown males; Marbled White; Common Blue and Small Skipper.
A very unlikely mating couple, caught by Sue on a track near Haydon, close to Sherborne. She reports they were being ‘buzzed’ by another Meadow Brown.
The mating is not likely to produce offspring, but one can have fun considering the name of the new species if they did. The Meadowshell? The Tortbrown?
George tells us: “Went out along the gravel path over Southdown Ridge this morning which runs along the side of the new relief road between the two land bridges, not only did l see another Gatekeeper but two together. This time l was ready, thankfully the dog did not think it was a game and get its head in the shot, in fact, l saw 4 in total in the length of the path which is about 1/4 mile.”
The relief road is the one outside Weymouth and the photos were taken on 27/06/2017. We haven’t had many Gatekeepers reported to the website yet, but checking back, the first dates of sightings reported to the website have been: (from 2012 to 2017) 17 July. 11 July. 28 June. 24 June. 25 May. 13 June so it’s early days yet.
George was very lucky with this – he says: “Saw this Gatekeeper in Lorton Meadows. Tried to take a picture only to find the sim card was missing , returned a few hours later and to my surprise it was in the same area and I managed to snap this.” 26/06/2017
This pair of Meadow Browns are busy ensuring the next generation; taken on a walk up the Weymouth relief road cuttin on16/06/2017