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Spanish Gatekeeper; Lobito listado

Pyronia bathseba


Butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. The wingspan is 18–19 mm. The male has the upper side of the wing similar to other pyronia but with broader androconia and three ocela in the hind wing. The underside of the hind wing is brown with a cream coloured band with black ocela with white pupils and and yellow-orange rinds. The female is bigger and paler. It flies from May to August. It lay the eggs dropping them one by one from flight on the vegetation. Larvae are bluff-grayish with dark dots on the sides. They feed on graminea like Brachypodium sylvaticum, B. phoenicoides, Poa trivialis, P. annua, P. pratensis, and Bromus.


It is found on the Iberian Peninsula and in France, Morocco and Algeria. Spotted at an evergreen oak and pine tree forest


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash.

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 16, 2014
Submitted on Jun 24, 2014

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