Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonus

Female topside.  

Family: Satyridae.

Flight Time: July - September.

Size: 34-38mm

Altitude: 0-1700m

A widespread species employing a large variety of habitats. The male differs by having a strong sex brand across the forewing. There are a number of similar species in Europe, but it is easy to tell the difference the majority of the time.


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