11th July 2015

Gatekeeper Butterfly– I’m down south again these few days, in glorious summer weather and I have seen one of my favourite butterflies. The Gatekeeper is extending its range northwards but still doesn’t make it so Scotland. The best place to see it is along field edges, hedgerows, or as with this one and appropriately, beside gateways, where the meadow flowers it loves tend to be left to grow. These are males, as they have smudge of brown on their upper wings. They often appear with other meadow butterflies like Meadow Brown and Ringlet but the Gatekeeper is more amber in colour, and likes to bask in the sun with its wings wide open. It also has two white marks on its ‘eye’ while the Meadow Brown only has one. Conditions: Beautiful sunny spell down south. Temperature: Max 23- Min 14c

Gateway Butterfly as they are rarely seen- with their wings closed.

Gatekeeper Butterfly as they are rarely seen- with their wings closed.

Typical view of the male Gateway Butterfly- notice the two white marks on its 'eye'

Typical view of the male Gatekeeper Butterfly- notice the two white marks on its ‘eye’

Gateway Butterfly

Gatekeeper Butterfly

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