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MEADOW BROWN BUTTERFLY


We saw dozens of these this morning on our walk east of Otley along the old railway track. In the fields beyond, they flew up from the grass in front of us, their colouring subtle browns with defensive eye spots and sometimes a splash of washed-out orange. Meadow Browns will fly in dull weather, when other butterflies are inactive. They are known to have many subspecies, with very subtle differences.

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