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Gatekeeper?

Observed: 15th July 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

In brambles at the woodland edge.
Please note 2nd photo now posted in a new entry as suggested in the comments.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) interacts

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

The double-dotted

white-in-black spot is the give-away for this species.

jhn7's picture

Thanks, that's helpful!

A very handy hint - thank you.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Roger Gilbert's picture

Good butterfly site ..

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk and on the Gatekeeper page http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=tithonus you will see this is a Male with the curved dark areas on the forewings.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve
http://www.howardianlnr.org.uk

anonymous spotter's picture

Mr Notton is right -

I had not noticed that the second picture is a different species!

DavidHowdon's picture

Split

I suspect it would be worth the original poster splitting this into two separate entries, one for each species. iSpot works better that way.

jhn7's picture

Oh dear!

I thought I had tracked the same butterfly across the brambles - no hope for me then! I am usually very careful to keep to one species per entry.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

anonymous spotter's picture

They do it deliberately -

I'm sure! I also suspect that the goldfinches visiting my feeder are actually house sparrows in disguise. As soon as I fetch the camera, they take off the false feathers...