This Gatekeeper Butterfly is also known by another common name – the Hedge Brown Butterfly, and by its scientific name – Pyronia tithonus. This Gatekeeper enjoyed feasting on the nectar from these Creeping Thistle flowers. Creeping Thistles are a UK wildflowers; they’re also known by their botanical name, Cirsium arvensis. Pictured during my Big Butterfly Count on the 6th August 2023.

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