Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

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36517_male_Rhône_23Jul14 34140_female_UK Hertfordshire_2Aug13 33911_male_Vaucluse_15Jul13
   
18886_male_Aisne_21Jul09    

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.
ref sex

observations

alt. m
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
18886 M

a fairly normal male from northern France and therefore similar to UK specimens.

80

 

36517_male_Rhône_23Jul14

 

34140_female_UK Hertfordshire_2Aug13

 

33911_male_Vaucluse_15Jul13

 

18886_male_Aisne_21Jul09