Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia)
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Cecilia is superficially quite similar to the Gatekeeper (P. tithonus), but there are a number of clear differentiators. The unh are completely different, cecilia being lighter with a clear discal line and no small white ocelli. The female cecilia upperside is extensively orange, especially the uph, and there is no ocellus at the anal angle; the forewings are convex (tithonus is slightly concave) and the upperside margins are whiter.
|In the male, the cecilia uph orange is also more extensive, but the key is that the upf brown androconial patch is transected by the orange veins. Cecilia is generally smaller and rounder, and is generally a butterfly of the hotter regions even though it seems to spend most of its time trying to escape the intense heat by staying in the shade of the undergrowth.|
a typical male, the orange veins clearly transecting the brown area of forewing cell.
|35515||M||the upperside of 35569.||20|
|37788||M||a male, that was on damp ground, although it did not appear to be taking salts.||20|
|45186||M||a male, rather fresh and strongly marked. The orange veins are quite weak across the androconial patch and a close look is required to confirm their presence.||40|
|34392||F||a female, rather battered at the end of the flight period, but at least it shows the extent of the orange patches and affords a direct comparison with the male.||30|
|35569||M||a male underside, nice and fresh at the start of the flight period. 35515 is the upperside.||20|
a male(?), based on the markings and limited hindwing scalloping (c.f. 23491), and the hindwing shape.
a female, as indicated by the roundness of the hindwing at the anal angle and the degree of scalloping (c.f. 2391), and because the upperside was seen.