One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for gatekeeper (sense 2 of the noun)
- ‘Later, along our hedges and amongst trees hedge browns, speckled woods and ringlets seek out sunshine and dappled shade.’
- ‘Butterflies on the wing included a pair of marbled whites, several hedge browns, a comma and a ringlet.’
- ‘A butterfly of open woodlands, hedgerows and lanes, the gatekeeper or hedge brown has a brownish-orange upperside with dark brown margins and a twin pupilled eye-spot.’
- ‘This widespread butterfly is the male of the hedge brown, or gatekeeper, with its brown brand marks in the middle of the forewings.’
- ‘The larvae of butterflies have characteristic food plants: the orange-tip feeds on lady's smock, the speckled wood and hedge brown on various grasses and the tortoiseshell on nettles.’
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