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Pyronia tithonus
Male, 28 July 1980 17 July 1976


The Gatekeeper is also known as the Hedge Brown, which indicates the type of place where it can be found. Hedgerows, scrubby grasslands and woodland rides are typical habitats. The larvae feed on several grass species.

The female lacks the dark markings
across the forewings, caused by
scent-scales in the male

10 August 1978

Conservation Issues

The Gatekeeper is one of our commonest butterflies, and under no apparent threat at present.

Flight Period

Mid July to mid August.


Throughout the area.