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Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus, 1771)

Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus,  1771)
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-22 6:18
Viewed: 2211
Points: 56
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Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus, 1771)

Specie piuttosto localizzata ma presente in Italia dalla Venezia Giulia alla Liguria, in quella centro meridionale, fino al Lazio e Molise, e nella regione sardo corsa, non comunissima dalle mie parti.
Più frequente nei luoghi umidi e acquitrinosi si eleva di rado oltre i 1000 m.
Una generazione annuale tra luglio e agosto.

The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a member of the subfamily Satyrinae in the family Nymphalidae. A similar species is the Meadow Brown, especially in the female sex, which likes to rest with closed wings however, especially the far less active females.
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. As indicated by its alternate name, the gatekeeper butterfly prefers the habitat of meadow margins and hedges; field gates are often in such locations, and thus the Gatekeeper can be found much more frequently in such locations than the Meadow Brown for example.
The larvae of Satyrinae all feed on grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue, and are usually green or brown in colour. The pupae are a flimsy chrysalis either hanging upside down or lying in 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. Males have a dark patch of scent scales in the middle of the forewing for courtship purposes except in very old individuals. This dark patch is clearly visible in the male Gatekeeper. The characteristic eyespots on the forewing probably deflect bird attacks away from the butterfly's body rather than startle away predators; the Gatekeeper likes to rest with its wings open and the eyespots visible. It flies more but strays about less than the male Meadow Brown (Stevens 2005).

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Hello Silvio,

An excellent macro of this pair with striking colors, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Well taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-22 7:04]

Ciao Silvio,
A fine capture of two individuals of P. tithonus, the upper one with the wings closed almost sharp and the lower on sharp to show the wings half open from a fine POV.
The colours and composition the OOF leafy BGmake this an attractive image.
Thanks and best wishes,

hello Silvio

once again we are neighbors, excellent photo of the butterflies
with fine POV, DOF and appropriate vertical framing, fine focus
sharpness and details, very beautiful luminosity and colour tones,



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-22 7:18]

Hello Silvio,
Very beautiful photo of this pair. Beautifl colours and great sharp details. Good POV, DOF and OOF BG in a nice composition.

Hello Silvio,
The butterflies are beautiful but this is not a high quality photo, sharpness is amiss but this does not mean much, for the contribution is great.Thanks for sharing....warmest regards/Abid

hello Silvio
a other great picture of your butterfly collection
super coposition with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-22 7:31]

Waw...what a great capture this pairs of Pyronia tithonus !
Great details and colors.

Ciao Silvio,
una bella doppia cattura per mostrarci entrambi i lati delle ali della Pyronia tithonus, buona definizione e splendidi colori, perfetto il taglio compositivo verticale.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Silvio. Great shot. You are lucky that you photographed them in same frame. Excellent...
Thanks for sharing..
Best Regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-22 10:00]

Hello Silvio,
Two very nice little Gatekeepers in a fine composition. Great details and beautiful light and colours. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

A dir poco strepitosa! In colori e brillantezza su una prospettiva geniale il che non guasta. Premiante anche la scelta del taglio. Peccato per l'ombra in primo piano ma dell'estettica, nelle macro, se ne può anche fare a mano, almeno a mio parere.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-22 11:22]

Hi Silvio. A fine close up of this pair together. Taken with fine detail and warm colours. The wing markings stand out so well. TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-22 11:25]

Ciao Silvio,non e' mai facile beccarne due assieme ed in particolare metterle a fuoco tutte e due...il lavoro e' quasi perfetto sotto questo punto di vista,mi lasciano un po' di dubbi certi riflessi bluastri in particolare su quella in alto.....e nevica ancora...buona serata,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-22 11:34]

Very interesting photo, nice natural colors and very good details!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-22 11:43]

Hello Silvio
Nice composition and beautiful colors

Hello Silvio, wonderful duo from nice side view with wonderful composition and colours.
Happy Christmas and New Year to you!
TFS and regards,

Hello Silvio,
Great image with wonderful colours and excellent sharp details.
Lovely composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-22 13:18]

Hello Silvio,
Beautifull capture of Pyronia tithonus with excellent details and beautifully soft contrasting colours against the blurred background. Very well balanced composition. Very useful notes, too.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-22 13:34]

Slav Sîlvîo,
very good capture of these butterflies with perfect colors,sharpness and fine details.Very nice composition.Very well done.
TFS and best regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-22 13:48]

Hello Silvio, wonderful shot from lateral side with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

Woww... two in one shot! Excellent in al around amico mio Silvio.
TFS and have a nice/happy x-mas feast and New Year MF!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-22 15:26]

Hi Silvio,

A lovely capture of this pair of Gatekeepers. I love the poses - one with wide open wings and the other showing both sides of the wings. Excellent colors and details of both. The background and vertical composition are wonderful.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-22 17:43]

Hello dear Silvio,
If they are male and female they are almost there...hahahaha...just kidding.
Lovely colored pic with great compo MF.
TFS and see you in TN.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-22 20:07]

Hello Silvio,
You post not one, but two beautiful little butterflies for all to enjoy viewing. Nicely composed with gorgeous natural colors. TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-22 23:07]

Ciao Silvio,
Wonderful capture of this butterfies.I liked natural colors,POV and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

ciao Silvio,
fine vertical composition, I like the luminous colors, a very beautiful macro photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Cazaste bien a esta pareja amigo Silvio, con colores muy naturales aunque una de ellas algo fuera de foco.

Buena fiestas Navideñas y un placer el haber compartido contigo este año tantas fotografías.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

ciao Silvio
beautiful couple of gatekeeper with nice pose,
fine vertical composition, sharp details and wonderful colors
very well done and have a good night

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