Lasiommata maera

Large Wall Brown


by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2017

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Field notes and information

A large species of grassy places in hills. A local form, meadewaldoi, confined to the highest levels of the Moroccan High Atlas mountains is often considered as a separate species, although evidence for this is scant. See separate page for that taxon.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the wall and northern wall browns L. megera & L. petropolitana. Both species are smaller, the former being of paler yellow-orange and more extensively marked. The latter is less well marked and has a strong discal line on the upperside hindwing that has a pale shadow.

Distribution & Flight: From north Africa to central Scandinavia and Greece. Absent from the UK. Flies in a single brood in the northern part of its range, two in the south.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy places in rocky dry areas and slopes.

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Karwanken Alps, Slovenia, July 2014

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018

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Rhodes, Greece October 2018

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Samos, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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S Greece, June 2013

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Karwanken Alps, Slovenia, July 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2009

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2004