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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-08 8:47
Viewed: 1396
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first ever picture of a Brimstone butterfly. I captured it on my way to Sach Pass during my recent trek to the Himalayas. I was under the impression that this species is found in Europe only. So it was a pleasant experience to shoot it in India. I have numerous other pictures of it which I will post later.

Gonepteryx rhamni (known as the Common Brimstone) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It lives in Europe, North Africa and Asia; across much of its range, it is the only species of its genus, and is therefore simply known locally as the brimstone.


On the upper side the male is sulphur yellow and the female white with a greenish tinge but both have an orange spot in the centre of each wing. They never settle with their wings open and from the underside the sexes are more difficult to separate but the female is still paler. Their wing shape is unique among British butterflies (although there are similar, closely related species in southern and eastern Europe) and is designed to act as camouflage while they rest and during hibernation.


G. rhamni lives in Europe, North Africa and Asia as far east as Mongolia. It is widely distributed across the southern half of the United Kingdom, and has been steadily increasing its range in the north of England but is limited by the distribution of its larval foodplants and is quite possibly close to its maximum possible distribution now unless their foodplants' range also increases. In Ireland, it has a much more localised distribution.


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beautiful capture, good contrast, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-06-08 11:14]

Hello Ram,
A remarkable image by its beautiful matching colours in all kind of green and black. Fantastic sharpness and composition. Beautiful blurred background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-08 11:51]

Hi Ram,very artistic way to show us the common brimgstone,absolutely beautiful this composition,the best exposure and fine detail everywhere,one of the best pics about this specie never seen on TN,no doubts.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely butterfly common in my contry but rare for you, congratulations, fantastic Macro, beautiful composition, fine details, splendid light, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-06-09 1:56]

Hi Ram,
excellent photo of the Brimstone, great composition,
lighting, beautiful details !
Best regards !

This is not only a nice exposure but a real exciting image with both the subject and the natural thorny stage it sits upon. The wings of the butterfly look similar to lettuce. The lighting is nicely balanced. Well done. :)

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