Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

.... and in Manx that's Maniola jurtina

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A common and widespread butterfly of rough grassland. The males upperwings are dark brown and the forewing has a single eye-spot with a fine orange surround. The females have paler wings and the orange surround of the eye-spot is much larger, often encompassing much of the forewing. In common with most species of brown, the caterpillar foodplant is wild grasses such as rye and meadow grasses and bents. This species is single brooded and can be seen from late June through to early September. It overwinters as a small caterpillar.

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