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Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
Photo by Ann..North West...UK
 


Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

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Wingspan 3-4cm. The upperside of the wings are orange-red inside with a broad brown edge, forewing with a black eye- spot with two white centres.
Flight period is early July to late Sep...one brood. Feeds on flowers, commonly found around bramble thickets.
Caterpillar...creamy white with a fine ochre-brown pattern and a dark brown line down it's back…The head is light brown,forked tail. Feeds on,Perennial Ryegrass,bents and other grasses.It is very active at night..

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