Meadow Brown


Maniola jurtina – This was a bit of an odd one. Firstly, it’s very rare I see a Meadow Brown butterfly in the garden. I usually see them by the dozen in the local fields. Secondly, it behaved quite docile. Usually they fly off when you get near them, yet this one only flew a short distance, and it even stepped on my finger and allowed me to tour the garden with it. Maybe it is the thunderstorms in the air. One breaking now as I type this.

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Double-click image for a closer look.


For further interest visit the ‘Butterflies’ page


Meadow Brown


Maniola jurtina – This is how you tend to find this butterfly – feeding on nectar-rich flora with its wings closed displaying its underwing colours and patterns. Double-click image to get closer.


Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 16th July 2019
Place: Local field, Staffordshire


All The Browns

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina male

Out in the local fields these Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) are flourishing this summer. An odd perspective, I know, but sometimes all you get is all they want to show you before they flutter 🙂


Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images …

July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Caught In A Deadly Trap

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

I have never seen anything quite like this before. A butterfly snared by a crab spider.

Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer.


July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

In The Meadow

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) female

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Thankfully my local fields are thriving with this  beautifully marked butterfly.


Staffordshire, England. July 2017.