Wall (Lasiommata megera)

.... and in Manx that's Donnag y voalley

Passport crop

A medium sized butterfly with orange wings marked with dark brown lines and eye-spots. Aptly named as likes to bask on stone walls, rocks and bare ground. Widespread throughout the Island on open grassland (whereever the turf is broken, patchy or stony), farm lanes, roadside grass hedges and especially coastal footpaths. The caterpillar foodplant is a number of species of coarse grasses such as Cocksfoot, Yorkshire Fog, Tor, Wood False Broom and various Bents . Double brooded and on the wing May/June and August/September. Overwinters as a small caterpillar.
In Britain the Wall is in decline and indeed has become extinct in some southern counties.
First brood late April to early June, second brood late July to early September.

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