Pyronia tithonus

English name:
Gatekeeper
Full scientific name:
Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Croatian name:
Obični vratar

Red Book Category in EU: LC

Red Book Category in Croatia: NE

Wings span: 30-38 mm

Pyronia tithonus, Pokupsko, 0816N0319
Pyronia tithonus, Pokupsko, 0816N0319
Pyronia tithonus, Pokupsko, 0816N0319
Pyronia tithonus, Pokupsko, 0816N0319

Flight Period and Life Cycle

Flight period of Pyronia tithonus in Croatia
Flight period of Pyronia tithonus in Croatia

1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.

Distribution in Croatia

Distribution of Pyronia tithonus in Croatia
Distribution of Pyronia tithonus in Croatia

The entire territory. Check the included map.

External Morphology Characteristics

The wings are orange-brown, and the upper side of the wing has a broad dark border with a dark spot on the tip. In addition, the underside of the hind wing has several small, distinctive white spots. Males have darkening in the discal zone on the upper side of the forewing.

Behavior

It often rests on the leaves of the branches of bushes.

Caterpillar Host Plants

Families Poaceae and Cyperaceae.

Habitat

Edges of woodlands and bushes. Elevations: 0-1000m.

Gallery

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