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Pyronia tithonus

Pyronia tithonus
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-06 4:45
Viewed: 1756
Points: 44
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Hexapoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera


Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Tribe: Satyrini


Genus: Pyronia

Species: P. tithonus

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, 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 Rough Meadowgrass Poa trivialis, Smooth Meadow Grass Poa pratensis, 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). Two similar species of Pyronia are found in southern Europe, the Southern Gatekeeper (P. cecilia) and the Spanish Gatekeeper (P. bathsheba). The Gatekeeper, like many Satyrinae, exhibit sexual dimorphism. The male has a dark patch on the upper side of the forewing. This is an area of scent-producing scales known as the androconia.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 17-22 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia compresa la Sardegna e l'Elba ma esclusa la Sicilia.
Habitat: prati, cespuglietti e radure del piano basale e montano, sino a circa 1200 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola, con sfarfallamento in giugno-luglio.
Piante nutrici: Poa annua - Poa trivialis - Dactylis glomerata - Brachypodium sp. - Lolium sp. - Fustuca sp.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-06 4:49]

Hi Roberto.
Blameless picture of a charming species. POV as well as wingspread of the creature are amazing as well as lights, colours and ultimate details. Natural smooth BG supplements the main scene perfectly. Bravo.

Hello Roberto,
Nice species and very good detalis.
Well done.

hi Roberto,
just heard about and got to see one photograph of this bird today. met someone who is a butterfly-activist actually. and then here, your this post! coincidence? :)
lovely butterfly indeed. and nicely captured.
thanks for sharing it with us.

nice and bright ...what a joy for the eye! Bravo Roberto!
George Veltchev

Ciao Roberto
Photo fine art here.Very beautiful pesentation.Perfect composition,wonderful colors and impressive sharpness my Friend.
Thank You.
have a great day!

Hello Roberto,
Excellent capture of a very nice butterfly species. It is a splendid photo with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing colors. Lovely composition taken from a very good POV.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-06 6:57]

Hello Roberto,
A beauty once again. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful light and colours. Great DOF, blurred background and composition.

hello Roberto
super good sharpnesspicture
great details and beautiful colours
i like this butterfly
thanks greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-06 7:41]

Good viewpoint and lighting for this species, beautiful colors. tfs.

Roberto - a beautiful capture of the butterfly. what i like is the POV, amazing colors and fantastic lighting made the object look so good. tfs

Ciao Roberto, graziosa Pyronia tithonus, comune, ma non facile da rprendere così bene ad ali aperte, solita bella macro con splendida nitidezzza e magnifici colori, sempre più bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-06 9:30]

Un pelino in oversharp ma....meraviglia delle meraviglie! Non facile beccarla ad ali aperte la sorella della Maniola,e poi che colori e che totale messa a fuoco...un vero gioiello! Buona serata,Luciano

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2012-03-06 10:33]

Hi, Roberto
It's nice to see an image so evocative of warm summer days while it is still so cold here - it snowed on Sunday! Apart from a tiny loss of sharpness on the wingtips - always a challenge with macro shooting when the butterfly's wings are not held flat - there is nothing to fault this photograph.
Many thanks, Nigel.

Hi Roberto,
just beautiful! Excellent point of view. Great sharpness. Beautiful details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-06 12:14]

Hello Roberto.
Excellent POV and OOF BG. The wing pattern and colours are lovely. Nice light. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Very nice to view.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto
Splendida farfalla dai colori e dettagli superbi,
sono ignorante in materia, ma devo dire che il soggetto e davvero superbo come detto anche dagli amici Luciano e Silvio, complimenti
Ciao Nico

Ciao Roberto,
bella macro con splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori,ottimo POV
Complimenti e grazie per la condivisione e le note allegate.
Ciao Vanni

Ciao Roberto,
Questa immagine è fatta da un superbo POV e si prende l'opportunità di fare un bellissimo sfondo! ... I dettagli della farfalla sono impeccabile! ... Ottimo lavoro!
Bravo!... Saluti amico, Arriva la primavera nel vostro paese e hanno molte più farfalle!

Hello Roberto
Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Ciao Roberto,
Excellent photo of this interesting Butterfly, great sharpness, very fine colorful details, TFS!

enjoyable performance, POV composition colors all are great!
regards Roberto

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-07 1:09]

Excelentes texturas y buena pose de esta mariposa. Buen control de la luz y buena presentación. Enhorabuena. Un saludo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-07 2:05]

Hello Roberto,
excellent top view. Lovely sharpness and excellent beauty.
Lively orange colors of the wings.
The blurry background add beauty to the composition.


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