Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Male. 18 June 2011
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Male. 18 June 2011
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Female. 22 June 2011
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Male. 25 June 2012
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Female. 21 July 2011
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Great Yeldham
Female. 21 July 2012
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Great Yeldham
Female. 27 July 2009
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Great Yeldham
Probably female. 2 Aug 2011
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Great Yeldham
Female. 14 Aug 2010
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Roseland House
23 Aug 2012
Small photograph of a Meadow Brown
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Roseland House
Female. 7 Sept 2012

The Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina

On most days in mid to late summer a scattering Meadow Browns can be seen in the paddock at Roseland House. The paddock was grazed up to 2011. In July 2010 they were slightly less common than Gatekeepers, becoming much scarcer from early August.

It is a common species in Yeldham, especially in meadows and grassy field margins and conservation strips.

It usually has only one brood per year, and overwinters as larvae. The larvae feed on a wide range of grasses. The pupae are suspended from grasses in May to August. Cutting areas of long grasses in that period may kill the pupae, cutting at other times is likely to kill the eggs and caterpillars. On June 15th in 2011, I saw over 20 adults flying in the paddock at Roseland House. The grass is not cut at any time. 2012 was a late year, none were seen here until June 25th, when 9 were seen on a warm day.

Meadow Browns are very shy and difficult to photograph with their wings open. The best times seem to be on days with bright intervals, as they warm up in sunshine just after a cloud has passed by.

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Adults in flight: MOST SEEN on ANY ONE DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Meadow Brown sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 20 15 15 6 7 5 2 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 13 25 54 22 21 2 1 0 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 56 127 108 40 17 8 4 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 28 32 75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Adults in flight: AVERAGE SIGHTINGS PER COUNTING DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Meadow Brown sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.         All species
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 11 12 10 4.6 3.1 2.9 0.8 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 9.4 14 33 16 8.0 0.5 0.1 0 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 18 92 72 31 8.9 2.9 0.6 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.6 16 26 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July, mostly very warm. August, warm.
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