23rd July 2016

Meadow Brown: It can be hard to tell the Meadow Brown from the Gatekeeper– as you’ll see from the sequence, even they find it hard, with this Gatekeeper trying to mate with a Meadow Brown and being rebuffed. Here are photos that show the most obvious difference- both male and female Meadow Browns have one white ‘pupil’ in the black ‘eye’, while Gatekeepers have two. More on the difference between male and female Meadow Browns soon. Conditions: Cloudier and cooler but still no rain. Temperature: Max 24- Min 17C.

Meadow Brown feeding on Bramble

Meadow Brown feeding on Bramble

Gatekeeper feeding on bramble

Gatekeeper feeding on bramble

Meadow Brown approached by Gatekeeper

Meadow Brown approached by Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper attempting to mate with Meadow Brown

Gatekeeper attempting to mate with Meadow Brown

Gatekeeper realises its mistake

Gatekeeper realises its mistake

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