Lattice Brown

Kirinia roxelana (Cramer, 1777)



A large butterfly, with a brown upperside with orange areas on the forewing. The forewing underside is plain chestnut coloured with a brown border, the hindwing is olive-brown with a series of large postdiscal black spots, white pupiled, ringed in yellow. There is a small black spot on the forewing on both sides, without a white pupil, which enables it to be easily distinguished from the smaller Lasiommata species. Females have more extensive orange areas on the forewing upperside.

Habitat Requirements

Wooded and shady hillsides.

Larval Foodplants

Heath False-brome Brachypodium pinnatum, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum.


A very secretive butterfly, that makes every effort to hide. It is very obvious that it sees humans and makes every effort to avoid being seen by them.

*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Lattice Brown submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.

First and Last Sightings

Year First Last/latest # Days
2023 27/05/2023 29/09/2023 125 days
2022 22/05/2022 09/10/2022 140 days
2021 19/05/2021 21/08/2021 94 days

Number of Observations

Year Number of observations
2023 85
2022 53
2021 46
Grand Total 184

Distribution Map

Distribution maps for this species are currently unavailable.

Flight Times for the Lattice Brown (2023)

The chart below shows flight data by month for 2023

Flight Times for the Lattice Brown (All Data)

The chart below shows flight data by month since 1st January 2021


  • Vernacular/Common Name: Lattice Brown
  • Family: Nymphalidae (Rafinesque, 1815)
  • Sub-family: Satyrinae (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Tribe: Satyrini (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Sub-tribe: Parargina (Tutt, 1896)
  • Genus: Kirinia (Moore, 1893)
  • Species: roxelana (Cramer, 1777)


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