Friday, 11 September 2015

Not a gatekeeper after all

When I first saw this butterfly in the garden I saw the double-pupilled eye spots and thought it might be a gatekeeper. But we don't have gatekeepers this far north and closer inspection showed the plain hind wings and lack of white spots on the underwing.  So it is a female meadow brown after all.  Most have a single eye spot but double-pupilled individuals are not rare.

Compare it with a couple of female gatekeepers photographed in Somerset.  They have orange colouring on the hind wings and white spots on the underside of the hind wings.

1 comment:

  1. Very helpful, always good to see pictures of the confusing ones!