Southern gatekeeper - Pyronia cecilia

Female upperside  

Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: June - August

Size: 30-32mm

Altitude: 0-1200m

Underside. Superficially similar to the other gatekeepers or Pyronia species. The mottled underwing is the best way to separate them.

Quite common in places, but as the name suggests, generally a southern European species.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Pyronia tithonus

Deschampisia Dry, hot, grassy places.

Southern gatekeeper distribution.


Early Stages




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