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By martinjp
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; the two species can be difficult to distinguish with closed wings since underwing markings are very similar. However, the Gatekeeper tends to rest with its wings open, whereas the Meadow Brown usually rests with its wings closed. The Gatekeeper is also smaller and more orange than the Meadow Brown and has double pupils on its eyespots.

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Tags: Nettle Gatekeeper Wildlife and nature

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paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 4:14PM
Nice presented capture.

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CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
18 Aug 2012 4:16PM
A shame he isn't sharper, Martin, but well captured with the wings open. Carol
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
18 Aug 2012 5:40PM
Yes,the focus is on the leaf Martin,
but good shot nonetheless !!
carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 7:37PM
A nice composition, a good colours.
Well done.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 4:29PM
Lovely capture Martin.
26 Aug 2012 4:46PM
Nice capture with very nice presentation,
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 12:28PM
They are hard to keep still... But it's a beautiful butterfly. IB

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