The charmingly named gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) is almost always associated with areas of shrubs and long grass typified by country hedgerows; but if you live close to such places you might be lucky enough to see them in your garden. They have a strong southern distribution in Britain and you are much less likely so see them the further north you travel. The one in this picture is a male, readily identified from the dark 'sex brand' on the forewing.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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