Irish moths and butterflies

Gatekeeper, Hedge Brown

Family: Nymphalidae       Sub-family: Satyrinae

1625     *     Gatekeeper / Hedge Brown     *     Pyronia tithonus

Uncommon, mainly southern coastal areas
Wingspan: 40-47mm. Eye-spot has two pupils.

Flight time: July-September
Habitat: Open woods, hedgerows, grassland

Larval food plants: Grasses, including Timothy, Cock's-foot, Couch and fescues

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co. Cork. August 2010

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