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2-spotted Meadow Brown?

Observed: 26th July 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
26.7.11 (18)

Although the wings have got double eye-spots, I think this is too large (the burdock flower-heads are 3-4cm across) and too brown to be a Gatekeeper.

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Species with which Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) interacts


DavidNotton's picture

double eye-spot meadow brown

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After I'd uploaded it, I had a vague idea I'd seen one on here before, and found them. Surprising if it's quite common that it isn't illustrated in my lovely new Thomas and Lewington book - sorting out Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Heath is tricky enough without oddities! Especially from a photo when you haven't also caught the underwings. I've found that it does mention double-spotted MBs, (under Gatekeepers) but says they're usually in Scotland (I'm in Warwickshire).
It does make it all more interesting though, and satisfying when you begin to gain a bit of confidence with them.

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Double spotted M-Bs

We have an isolated colony of MBs here in Blackpool which has a fairly high proportion of double spotters.



The magic of nature is all around us - we just need to learn how to see it.

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Apparently MBs only have double spots on the upper wing, but singles underneath. So I've been told. I am going to look very closely!

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But no:
has 2 spots on the underwing and looks like an MB. I shall point the (very knowledgeable) person who told me they only ever have one in this direction and see what they say.