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Post by xilpa » Thu May 06, 2010 8:34 pm

Could someone please help ID these 2 butterlies ? I could not manage to photograph them with wings spread open, which would have made it easier.
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Post by Haas » Mon May 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Hi,
both pictures are Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Based on the shapes of the forewing #1 is probably a female and #2 is probably a male

And yes, open wings would have determined the sex, but there is no question of the species

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Post by xilpa » Tue May 11, 2010 10:58 am

Hi Hass

Many thanks for your help. After having a look at Bonnet's book I did suspect that one of them was a Meadow brown, but they differed so much in markings and colour that I believed they were different spieces.

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Post by Haas » Tue May 11, 2010 7:01 pm

You are right - they vary A LOT -

see for instance www.leps.it look for jurtina in latin index or meadow in common index.

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Post by xilpa » Wed May 12, 2010 5:01 pm

Thank Haas. What a wonderful site!

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