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Super camouflage

Super camouflage
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Copyright: Giorgos Ntachris (GiorDah) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 24] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-10 12:47
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Points: 10
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Tribe: Gonepterini
Genus: Gonepteryx
Species: G. rhamni
The Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. In much of its range, it is the only species of its genus, and this conspicuous butterfly is therefore simply known as "the brimstone" locally.
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 center 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. It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and eastwards to Mongolia Often the first butterfly to be seen in the spring, sometimes as early as January when hibernating adults are awoken on a sunny day, there is a popular myth that it is this butterfly which gave us the word BUTTERFLY, a corruption of butter-coloured fly. They are very camouflaged and they look like leaves.
The eggs are laid singly on the leaves of either Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) or Alder Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) - the only two food plants - and females will wander far and wide in search for these particular shrubs. The larvae and Pupae are both green and very well camouflaged making them difficult to find in the wild. Upon emerging from the pupae, Brimstone butterflies spend the summer feeding on nectar to build up energy reserves for the winter and by the end of August they are already beginning their long sleep. They seek out evergreen scrub, a favourite being dense, old Ivy growth. The brimstone usually hides until early spring, although a warm January day will occasionally wake an eager male.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-10 12:49]

Hi Giorgios,what a eye to see the common brimstone under these leaves!I like a lot this specie,one of the first of springtime,and i like a lot the excellent quality of your pic in a very difficult position and light.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

You need to have really a good eye to spot this incredibly well camouflaged butterfly Giorgos! Only the legs and the antenna reveal its presence! Bravo, lovely creature indeed!
George Veltchev

Ciao Giorgos. Great interesting capture in indeed difficult light's conditions. Best colours results. Bir noised.


Hi Giorgos - a difficult one to spot and you have captured is very nicely. Great sharpness and POV.TFS

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