Special features: Sometimes called the 'hedge brown'. The gatekeeper has orange wings with a thick brown border. In the corner of the forewings is a black dot with two white dots inside it. On the hindwings is a smaller black dot with one white dot inside it.
The undersides of the wings look very similar to those of the Meadow Brown except the hindwings of the gatekeeper have a row of white dots.
Latin name: Pyronia tithonus
Size: Wingspan approximately 40mm
Distribution: Found throughout England and Wales. Gradually spreading into Scotland.
Months seen: July to September.
Habitat: Hedgerows, roadsides and bramble thickets.
Food: Nectar. The caterpilars (grey/brown with white stripes) feed on meadow grasses.