Southern Gatekeeper

Pyronia cecilia


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Male, Aragón, July 2011



Male, Aragón, July 2011



Female, Aragón, July 2011



Female, Aragón, July 2011



Male, Aragón, July 2011

This species is very similar to the gatekeeper but the pattern on the underside of both sexes is different and the male is also easily identifiable from the upperside. The sex brands are rectangular in outline and broken by the veins.

It is a common butterfly in much of Spain, sometimes flying with gatekeepers and Spanish gatekeepers.