A male Gatekeeper basking. Weddington, Nuneaton. © Steven Cheshire - 2021.
The Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown as it is sometime known is usually found in gateways and along hedgerows of grassy field margins. It is often seen in association with Meadow Brown butterflies. The Gatekeeper is an attractive butterfly with its bright orange/brown wings fringed with a wide earthy/grey brown and distinctive black and white eyespot.
The colour and patterning of the wings can be very variable and there are several named aberrations. They are particularly fond of feeding on Bramble and Ragwort.
The Gatekeeper can be found anywhere where tall grasses grow close to hedges, trees, or scrub, especially along hedgerows and woodland rides where there is a plentiful nectar source.
The larvae of the Gatekeeper feed on Bents (Agrostis spp.), Fescues (Festuca spp.), Meadow-grasses (Poa spp.) and Common Couch (Elytrigia repens).
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