Gatekeeper, Canford School Grounds, Wimborne

Bright Orange and Brown butterfly resting on grasses with wings open

Gatekeeper. Photo: Roger Peart

Roger sent us this photo of a lovely Gatekeeper he spotted in the grounds of Canford School on 17/07/19.

This butterfly is also known as the Hedge Brown, a golden butterfly that provides a welcome sight in the middle of summer, when the fresh adults start to emerge. It spends much of its time basking with wings open, when the sexes are easy to tell apart – only the male has the distinctive sex brands on the forewings.

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