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Gatekeeper

Pyronia tithonus

Description:

Brown and orange buttefly. This picture is of a female Gatekeeper.

Notes:

Excellent references on http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/index.php...

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7 Comments

berjammar
berjammar 9 years ago

@bayucca Thanks :-) Have added.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Please, add this wonderful shot to the new mission of European butterflies and moth!
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8574...

berjammar
berjammar 9 years ago

@Andy: Thanks for the lovely story :-)

Andy Mortlock
Andy Mortlock 9 years ago

Acccording to Wikipedia the name "Gatekeeper" may refer to its frequent occurrence near field gates and to the man who was responsible for the toll gates in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when butterflies were more numerous than they are today. As indicated by its alternate name, the gatekeeper butterfly prefers the habitat of meadow margins and hedges; field gates are often in such locations, and thus the Gatekeeper can be found much more frequently in such locations than the Meadow Brown for example.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

I like the name and the pictures.

Andy Mortlock
Andy Mortlock 9 years ago

think this may be a male though. Anyone else know?

Andy Mortlock
Andy Mortlock 9 years ago

Great picture :0)

berjammar
Spotted by
berjammar

Reading, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 22, 2011
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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