Gatekeeper Butterfly

© Robert R Baillie

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Gatekeeper Butterfly

The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonusor) Hedge Brown as many people prefer to call it is most often found as these names suggest in gateways and hedgerows. It is often seen in association with Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Of these three butterflies, the Gatekeeper is probably the most attractive with its bright orange/brown wings fringed with a wide earthy/grey brown and distinctive black and white eyespot. The colour and patterning of the wings can be very variable and there are several named aberratio.

Photo ID #726248

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