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Gatekeeper Butterfly by Trevor Kersley

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a common butterfly in the United Kingdom. It is a member of the subfamily Satyrinae in the family Nymphalidae. A similar species is the Meadow Brown, especially in the female sex, which likes to rest with closed wings however, especially the far less active females.
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.

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Featured in the group “Nature – Yorkshire” 21 Aug 2010

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • thanking you Ray.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 4 years ago

    It may be common your way,but I’ve not seen one for years..Great capture Trevor

  • Thanks Jamie…there was hundreds of them as I wandered around the old cemetery in York the other day.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    great work mate

  • thanks Steve

    – Trevor Kersley

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