There were five miles, ten people and around fifteen butterfly species on our Littlebredy butterfly walk on 4th August. This was in conjunction with the South Dorset Ridgeway Project. Continue reading
Seen in Durlston Meadows (near Swanage) on 11/06/2018.
It can be easy to confuse Meadow Browns with Gatekeepers, but we have had no Gatekeepers reported to this website yet, though it won’t be long.
Rose found this unusual Albino Meadow Brown at Badbury rings in July 2017.
Meadow Browns are one of the most common UK butterflies, flying over a long period from early May to late October, in grassy, flowery places in a wide range of habitats, in dry or damp conditions. Caterpillar foodplants : a wide variety of grasses.
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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?