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Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Hello all,

i have taken this shot on a Meadow, when i walked to the lake, first, i thinked it was a Meadow Brown but at home, on my monitor i saw that the markings on his wings are different, he has not open his wings, so i have not seen his orange upperside

it is a bit noise in the BG but I hope you like it

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Scientific Name :  Pyronia tithonus


Wingspan (mm):  40mm

Also Known As:  Hedge brown
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Description : 
The upperwings are predominantly orange in colour with a wide border of brown along the side of the wing that becomes narrower, but still very noticeable along the leading edge. There is also a single large black eye-spot with two small white dots on the forewing.

Distribution : 

The Gatekeeper is typically found throughout much of England and Wales, especially within the southern counties. It is widespread in southern Britain and its range has extended northwards in recent years. Its range is far more localized in southern Ireland.

Habitat: 

Known to favour shrubs as their main habitat, the Gatekeeper can also typically be seen in scrub, woods and glades.

Diet: 

Various grasses are used, with a preference for fine grasses such as bents, fescues, and meadow-grasses. Common Couch is also used. The full range of other species used is not known.

Status: 

UK Biodiversity Action Plan: not listed Butterfly Conservation priority: low European threat status: not threatened

Did You Know?: 

The Gatekeeper tends to show preference for yellow flowers, Ragwort being one of its favourites. Its flight is more hopping than smooth.

from : wildaboutbritain.co.uk


The caterpillars feed on various grasses including Couch and Red Fescue. These grasses are discouraged by intensive grassland farming.   This and the loss of hedgerows has resulted in this butterfly going into decline. The caterpillars are nocturnal and hibernate in winter.

En français : Amaryllis


L'apparition de ce papillon familier au bord des chemins est perçue par beaucoup de naturalistes comme le signe que l'été est à son apogée. L'amaryllis vole quand les fleurs de ronces sont épanouies, et il peut former des groupes nombreux qui butinent. Le recto est orange vif, avec une marge brune et un ocelle double sur l'aile antérieure. Le verso est d'une couleur similaire, mais les ailes postérieures ont un aspect plus marbré. Le mâle est plus petit que la femelle, plus vivement coloré et doté d'une bande d'écailles androconiale foncée sur chaque aile antérieure. Fréquente les haies et les lisières, de la plaine à la basse montagne.

Vol : Juillet-Août. (Nature en poche - Larousse

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Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
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Edited by:accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)

Jaqueline,
You mentioned the noise in the BG so I have made a workshop with Neat Image. It is efinitely worth investing a little money in a downloaded version of this programme. I applied the noise reduction at 75% in the luminance channel, followed by a little sharpening in Photoshop with the unsharp mask at 80/0.3/0. I also cropped a little off the bottom to get the result under the 300K TN file limit. I hope you find it useful.
Alan