Wingspan 46 - 56mm. A chocolate-brown butterfly patterned with pale creamy-lemon spots. Females have larger spots than the males and later broods are darker than earlier broods.
Wooded areas and hedgerows. The adults like dappled sunlight, where they feed on honeydew and nectar from woodland flowers. The caterpillar feeds on grasses.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in southern Britain. Less common in Scotland. It is currently extending its range northwards. Common in Nottinhamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to October in three broods.