big butterfly count

Gatekeeper

Upperside

  • Orange with brown wing margins¬†with black eyespot on forewing which normally has two white pupils

Underside

  • Brown with small white spots on the hindwing, these white spots distinguish it from the very similar female Meadow Brown
Size

Medium

Distribution

Southern Britain and the far south of Ireland

Habitat

Woodland, hedgerows, parks and other habitats with sheltered, long grass

 

Similar Species

Meadow Brown and Wall have black eye spot with single white pupil near tip of forewing


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