Thursday, 22 July 2010

The Gatekeeper.

The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) also known as the Hedge Brown is in my book one of the most attractive little flutters that can be seen dancing unhurriedly along sunlit lanes and hedgerows edged with Brambles and long grasses. Adult males are very distinctive with their much darker colouring and the strong sex bands on the forewings. Likes to feed on Ragworts and visits other flowers with an open nectar source later in the summer. Usually appear in late June as a single brood flying until late August but sometimes into early September.  Captured at F13; 1/100; ISO 800 using 70-300 lens at 300mm.   FAB.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, it is such a beauty! WOW!

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  2. it's a beautiful and delicate butterfly

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  3. This one has got very interesting colours. It looks great:)

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  4. Kerri, smalldot and Joanna.
    Thank you. I really enjoy watching this little beauty. FAB.

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  5. That's one nice photo of a winged beauty!

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  6. Nice Gatekeeper pic, I caught sight of my first one this year at Saltmarsh Delph and had forgotten how much smaller it appeared in comparison with Meadow Browns and Small Tortoishells nearby, Linda

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  7. Thanks Linda. One of our smallest but most delightful flutters. I noted you had some excellent sightings at Saltmarsh Delph. Definitely the best time to go hunting. Have fun. FAB.

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  8. What a handsome butterfly! Very lovely capture.

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  9. Adrienne. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit and comment.

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  10. What a lovely photo of a stunning Gatekeeper! The markings and coloring are especially beautiful. A very gracious thank you for your nice comments on my photographs. I look forward to visiting both of your wonderful blogs often. I find viewing other nature blogs so very inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

    Julie

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  11. Julie G. A warm welcome to FABirding and thanks for your appreciative comments. FAB.

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  12. Oh, he´s a absolute beauty! I haven´t seen him bevore. Greetings from Luzia.

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