GateKeeper by Neil Ludford

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GateKeeper (pyronia tithonus) is from the Nymphalidae family.

The GateKeeper or 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 the Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Of these three butterflies thr 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 patterning of the wings can be variable and there are several aberrations. They are particularly fond of feeding on Bramble and Ragwort.


The GateKeeper occurs anywhere where tall grasses grow close to hedges, trees or scrub, especially along hedgerows and woodland rides where there is a plentiful nectar source.


orange, butterfly, brown, butterflies, nymphalidae


  • laurav
    lauravalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thankyou for looking :-)

    – Neil Ludford

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