Cyprus meadow brown - Maniola cypricola


Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: April - October

Size: 40-48mm

Altitude: 0-1000m

Although superficially similar to the Meadow brown, Maniola jurtina, found across most of Europe there are noticeable behavioural and structural differences. The hindwing has a few yellow ringed ocelli, and a variable wavy band. The butterfly itself was more active, and was almost elusive on Cyprus in April, somewhat different to the rather laboured actions of the Meadow brown.


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