Gatekeeper

Pyronia tithonus (59.011)

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.

Habitat Requirements

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.

Larval Foodplants

The larvae of the Gatekeeper feed on Bents (Agrostis spp.), Fescues (Festuca spp.), Meadow-grasses (Poa spp.) and Common Couch (Elytrigia repens).

Distribution in Warwickshire

The Gatekeeper can be found...######

Distribution of the Gatekeeper 1995-2004 inclusive

1995-2004

Distribution of the Gatekeeper 2005-2009 inclusive

2005-2009

Distribution of the Gatekeeper 2010-2014 inclusive

2010-2014

Distribution of the Gatekeeper 2015-2019 inclusive

2015-2019

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