The Meadow Brown, ''Maniola jurtina'', is a butterfy found in the Palearctic ecozone. Its range includes Europe south of 62 N , Russia eastwards to the Urals, Asia Minor, Iraq, Iran, North Africa and the Canary Islands.The larvae feed on grasses.
Specie identified by fchristant
Similar species are Gatekeeper and Small Heath .
There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active.. more