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Gatekeeper Butterfly

Gatekeeper Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 200, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 8:08
Viewed: 2826
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Oranje Zandoogje (Pyronia tithonus) Gatekeeper Butterfly

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.

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Bonjour Thijs,
Bien vue cette belle photo d'un papillon aux belles couleurs d'automne.
Belle image, belle composition, jolis détails.
Merci du partage

Hi Thijs,
Beautiful butterfly you captured beautifully. i like the soft colours all in the frame and wings opened posture also.
Thank you,

Joli papillon. On dirait du papier.
Bonne journée.

Nice shot of Pyronia tithonus. Great POV and colours. Not bad sharpness. Thanks


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-27 11:27]

I like this composition with the angle of the beautiful Gatekeeper and the grasses going criss-cross. The colours are wonderful!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Thijs
Great shot,nice colors,
I like more sharpness.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-27 13:11]

Hi Thijs,
Fine portrait of this old male Gatekeeper, well composed and framed.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Beautiful butterfly shot Thijs. Very good colors, great POV and sharpness. This is a very good composition. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Thijs

Wow... stunning subtle colours. Great clarity and sharpness. Good POV. Very nice work. TFS.

Hi Thijs,
This is a wonderful capture of this very nice little butterfly. I mostly like this very good composition, details, this warm lightning and BG. Excellent notes too. Thanks,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-09-28 8:03]

Hoi Thijs,
Weer een prachtige foto met zeer zachte kleuren. Mooi scherp en een goede compositie.
gr. paula

Hi Thijs,
A beautiful composition on this Gatekeeper Butterfly. Spot on exposure has rendered excellent colors and detail. Looks great. A pleasing OOF backround.

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