Saturday, 19 July 2014

Guarding the Gate

The Gatekeeper Butterfly (Pyronia tithonus)
Sometimes known as the Hedge Brown is a medium sized species that flies between July and September. Common in England and Wales and the Southern coast of Ireland.
It likes bramble and also likes yellow flowers in particular.







20 comments:

  1. Love the heading of this post and of course the Gate Butterfly is splendid. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Great title, Roy. I have great difficulty in remembering which is which - meadow brown, ringlets, gatekeepers . . .I shall try harder. Your photos could help me!

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  3. Super Roy hier hou ik van dit is genieten.

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  4. One of the last more common species to show us its glorious colours.

    Had one take up residence in the garden yesterday and it was still resting here today!

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    1. I have seen more now in the last few days Frank which is hopeful for this years breeding.

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  5. Lovely shots Roy, I have seen one of these Butterflies a few years back, hopefully I will this year.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, they are quite numerous this year.

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  6. Love these "zandoogjes", especially the top image of the one feeding at the blossom. They are not that common in my area.
    Best regards, Sjerp

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  7. Hey Roy... Love that name butterlies name and those blossoms show him off very nice!!

    Grace

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  8. Beautiful! I love the name gatekeeper...and wonder why it was chosen.

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    1. Thanks Mary, they tend to fly along hedgerows and I guess somebody noticed that they pitched on hedges and probably gates, hence the name. Its only a theory of mine.{:))

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  9. This beautiful butterfly resembles our meadow brown.
    A beautiful series of Roy with beautiful pictures.

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