Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
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2016 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
The very common tithonus is quite superficially similar to the Southern Gatekeeper (P. cecilia) which occurs in southern France. The differences are described on the cecilia page.
|Tithonus does not occur in southern Var where it is "replaced" by cecilia, partially explaining why I have so few photographs of this species. Where it occurs in central and northern France, which is everywhere, it can often be very common.|
|36517||M||a fresh male with a rather fuzzily-edged dark discal patch on the upf.||180|
|34140||F||a female opening up to maximise the sun's rays in overcast conditions.||50|
|33911||M||a male underside, fairly typical.||850|
a fairly normal male from northern France and therefore similar to UK specimens.