The Wall Butterfly (Lasiommata megera) is an insect in the Nymphalidae family of butterflies. It is also known as the Wall Brown Butterfly.
The Wall Butterfly is brown with reddish-yellow tints on its upperparts with black margins and eye-spots. The male looks more yellow-orange, whereas the female looks more red-yellow-brown. It is browner on its underparts. It has a brown hairy body. It has clubbed antennae.
It grows to about 5 centimetres (2 inches) in length.
It is common across Europe, north Africa, the Caucasus, Middle East, and Asia. It lives in a wide range of habitats, such as forest edges, shrublands, and woodlands. The Wall Butterfly is seen in the Northern Hemisphere from April to October.
The life cycle is egg, larva, chrysalis, adult. The larva (caterpillar) feeds on leaves.
The female lays eggs on leaf surfaces. The eggs hatch into larvae (caterpillars) which are whitish-green.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM