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  Evening Brown (Melanitis leda)





Evening Brown | Melanitis leda photo
Evening Brown female

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Evening Brown | Melanitis leda photo
Evening Brown female

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



EVENING BROWN FACTS

Identification
The Evening Brown is a large orange brown butterfly with mottled brown underside. It has four small eye spots on the underside of the hind wing. It rests on the ground with its wings raised and takes flight at dusk. The larvae are green with horned head.

Size
wingspan 63mm

Habitat
variety of habitats including parks and gardens

Food
adults feed on fermenting fruit. Larvae feed on grass.

Range
found in eastern Australia from Cape York to just north of Sydney. Also found in top end of Northern Territory.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Genus:Melanitis
Species:leda
Common Name:Evening Brown