Name: Wall Brown
Scientific name: Lasiommata megera
Nature Stars: 60
About: A medium sized butterfly, mainly pale orange with greyish brown markings and black eye spots. Wingspan measures about 5 cm. Adults are on the wing in two or three broods, between the middle of April and the end of October. A widespread but declining butterfly of open grassland, sand dunes and other hot, sunny places. Caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses.
How to identify: The best way to identify the 'brown' butterflies is by looking at the eye spots on their wings. The combination of orange and brown markings, together with one large eye spot on the fore wing and four smaller eyespots on the rear wing are uniqe to the Wall.
Where: A scarce butterfly of hot, sunny places in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, particularly around the coast.
Fantastic fact: The Wall has been in serious decline across the inland parts of its range during recent years and is now a rare butterfly away from the coast.
Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/www.warmies.co.uk