Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Grassy places of almost any description provide suitable habitat for the Meadow Brown. It's found on open ground, along roadside verges, in gardens, around woodlands, on heaths, downland and cliffs, and is normally very abundant. It is the most common species in the British Isles, but isn't found at the at highest altitudes.
Many species of grass are suitable foodplants for the Meadow Brown.
The first Meadow Browns are seen in June and they continue usually well into August. In warm years there may be a second brood, accounting for the later specimens, but the first brood may possibly be extended by slower-
The male has prominent eye-
The eggs are laid amongst the grasses and the larvae hide there by day and come out at night to feed. They never properly stop feeding for hibernation, though they slow down and will rest for days, especially in cold weather. Six instars are completed through the spring, pupae being produced during May and June. The pupa is suspended from the stem of a grass or nearby plant, hanging from the tail and it lasts from three to four weeks.