Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera)
Male. Taken nr Kirilova, Bulgaria, on July 24th 2015.
(1/160th sec at f11. Approx 2x lifesize)
Male underside. Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/400th sec at f14. Approx 2x lifesize)
Female. Taken in the Paklenica National Park, Croatia, on June 8th 2017.
(160th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize)
Female underside. Taken in the Paklenica National Park, Croatia, on June 8th 2017.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 48 - 54mm
The male has a dark brown upperside with a faint orange postdiscal band. The female is more orangey.
This species is widespread and relatively common throughout Europe, but is absent from the British Isles, Denmark and N Fennoscandia.
It can be found in woodland clearings, flowery meadows and road verges amongst woods, scrub and scree slopes up to 2000m.
There are one or two broods per year, depending on latitude.
Larvae feed on various grasses such as Calamagrostis epigejos, Deschampsia flexuosa, Festuca etc.