Meadow Brown Butterfly Maniola jurtina

Meadow Brown Butterfly
Meadow Brown Butterfly side
The male Meadow Brown butterfly is mainly brown with a hint of orange and two small black eyespots.
Ringlet or Meadow Brown Butterfly male
It can be similar to a Ringlet from above.
Meadow Brown Butterfly female
Meadow Brown Butterfly side
Meadow Brown Butterfly
The female Meadow Brown is lighter, brighter than the male, with more orange on the wings and larger eyespots with a larger white "pupil".
It can be similar to a Gatekeeper from above, but, unlike the Gatekeeper, the Meadow Brown almost always has only one white "pupil" in the eyespot.
From the side, if it has spots on the lower wing, they are always black (and the Gatekeeper always white spots).
Meadow Brown Butterfly
Meadow Brown Butterfly side
Meadow Brown Butterfly side
However, rarely, some Meadow Browns have two white "pupils" in their eyespot (but any other small spots are black).
Meadow Brown Butterflies
Meadow Brown Butterflies
Meadow Brown Butterflies
This female, top, prefers to finish her drink despite the male's attentions.
Meadow Brown Butterflies coupled
Meadow Brown Butterflies coupled
Meadow Brown pair, female top and male below, Totteridge Fields, NW London.