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Wall Brown: up the wall!

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Wall Brown: up the wall!

I remember a time when it was no great thing to see another wall brown (Lasiommata megera); that is not the case now. We, in Purbeck, are fortunate to see them regularly on the sea cliffs and the Purbeck ridge but elsewhere in Dorset I believe they are now very scare, indeed nationally they are now quite rare. 

We always called them the wall brown but now it seems the thing to just call them the 'wall', I do not know why as they are a member of the Satyrdae family, the browns. They are also predominantly brown with cream and orange colourings, a quite attractive butterfly.

Just as their name implies they are very fond of basking on walls and, in the bright warm sunshine of the late sping and early summer, they can be seen frequently along the dry stone walls at Durlston. 

They have one brood in late May/June which then lays eggs on course grass such as cocks-foot which is then just coming in to flower. These eggs will hatch and pupate emerging as a second brood in August when numbers will probably be higher.


 

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