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Gatekeeper Butterfly

By Metro6R4  
Gatekeeper butterfly

Gatekeeper butterflies take to the wing in the height of summer when blackberry flowers are at their best. The nectar provides a valuable food source for these butterflies, which are commonly found around hedgerows and field gates, giving a clue to the origin of their common names: gatekeeper and hedge brown. The males have a dark brown patch of scent-producing scales on the forewing, used to attract females during courtship. Gatekeepers are common and widespread in Europe, and the British Isles has its own subspecies (britanniae).

Tags: Macro Fly Insect Close up Bug Wings Wildlife and nature

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footloose 5 1 England
29 Jul 2013 10:17AM
V1 for me, top shot Paul .

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 10:31AM
Two wonderful captures supporting a very interesting and informative foreword Paul

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Ayoob 5 Australia
29 Jul 2013 11:08AM
Two beautiful shots with lovely colours ,light and details....Grin
Gypsyman 6 662 England
29 Jul 2013 4:42PM
V2 for me Paul, both well captured. Eric.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 9:40PM
V2 for me as wellSmile

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