Animal Species:Common Brown Butterfly

The Common Brown Butterfly is active in spring and summer when there is sunshine and plenty of flowers to feed on.

Standard Common Name

Common Brown Butterfly

Alternative Name/s

Western Brown Butterfly

Size range

5.6 cm - 6.5 cm

Distribution

The Common Brown Butterfly is found in south-eastern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

Habitat

The Common Brown Butterfly lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Seasonality

The Common Brown Butterfly is active in spring and summer when there is sunshine and plenty of flowers to feed on.

Life cycle

Mating in the Common Brown Butterfly occurs during October or November and the males die shortly after. Females live for three months or more, waiting for the heat of summer to pass and the grass to grow before laying their eggs in early March. They lay their eggs directly onto several introduced and native grass species to ensure an immediate food supply when the larvae emerge.

Classification

Species:
merope
Genus:
Heteronympha
Subfamily:
Satyrinae
Family:
Nymphalidae
Superfamily:
Papilionoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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