Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

by Bob Chappell March. 13, 2021 321 views

Like many other butterfly species, the gatekeepers have successful seasons and others where they seem more scarce. They are not always easy to differentiate from the meadow brown, but they are smaller and have two tiny white spots on each wing where the meadow brown has just one. The brown is also a deeper shade. Devil’s Dyke, an ancient earthwork dating to Anglo-Saxon times is an excellent location for a wide variety of butterflies during the summer months. (Not to be confused with Devil’s Dyke near Brighton in Sussex.)

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Adrian Morris 6 months, 1 week ago

We get these in the garden sometimes.
Nice photo.

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Bob Chappell Replied to Adrian Morris 6 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Adrian.
I don't see them in the garden, but they are common (some years) in the area.

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Olga Helys 6 months, 1 week ago

woooooooooow
BEAUTIFUL

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Bob Chappell Replied to Olga Helys 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Olga

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