Wall Butterfly

Latin name: Lasiommata megera

The Wall butterfly is one of the family of brown butterflies. The best chance of seeing it in the Dales would be on a still sunny day between June and August basking on South facing walls and rock or banks in short, open grassland. It has two generations each year and lays its eggs on various wild grasses such as Cock's-foot, Bents, Wavy Hair-grass and Yorkshire-fog.

Nationally it is found in northern and western areas particularly near the coast. It is thought that is has never been common in the Dales.

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