<< Previous Next >>

Pyronia tithonus male

Pyronia tithonus male
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-10 2:36
Viewed: 3201
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pyronia tithonus / Oranje zandoogje / Gatekeeper / Rotbraunes Ochsenauge oder Braungerändertes / Amaryllis.

The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a common butterfly in the United Kingdom. It is a member of the subfamily Satyrinae in the family Nymphalidae. A similar species is the Meadow Brown.

The name Gatekeeper may refer to its frequent occurrence near field gates and to the man who was responsible for the toll gates in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when butterflies were more numerous than they are today.

The larvae of Satyrinae all feed on grasses and are usually green or brown in colour. The pupae either hang upside down or lie in a flimsy cocoon on grass. The adults are often found round blackberry plants. The adult butterflies have a quite short proboscis and the flowers of the blackberry being quite shallow provide an excellent nectar source. The characteristic eyespots ocelli on the forewing are supposed to lure attacking birds away from the head. The males often have a dark patch of scent scales in the middle of the forewing for courtship purposes. This dark patch is clearly visible in the male Gatekeeper.

Two similar species of Pyronia are found in southern Europe, the southern and the Spanish Gatekeeper, P. cecilia and P. bathsheba.



JORAPAVI, mamcg, MMM, anel, phlr has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-10 2:41]

Wonderful detail, wonderful composition/ Well done!

Hola Harm,
Preciosa imagen de esta bella mariposa, buena definición con una composición muy bonita, la luz y el fondo son magníficos, saludos
José Ramón

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-10 5:07]

Hi Albert
Excellent composition .Perfect POV and very sharp image whit lovely colors.Details are also very nice.
TFS Michel

Hi Harm,
Well captured macro. Nice POV. Beautiful colours. Sharp pic.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Calibration Check