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Maniola jurtina subsp. hyperhispulla  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Nymphalidae
Meadow Brown     Kannella kbir
Further Information:
It is a rather variable species of the family Satyridae which is very widespread and often extremely numerous species especially during end of Spring and most of Summer. The male is less colourful, has less orange and smaller eyespots on the forewing than the female, hence sexual dimorphism is shown in this species. The males are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up. Size: 40-58mm; Altitude: 0-1600m; Plantfood: often grasses namely Fescue (Festuca spp.); adults often seen feeding from the flowers of Thyme (Thymus capitatus).

A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing.

The subspecies hyperhirpulla is endemic to Maltese Islands and is also a protected species.














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