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Common Brimstone

Common Brimstone
Photo Information
Copyright: Damian Stepien (Kasjusz) (6)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-28
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-22 4:38
Viewed: 2539
Points: 10
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This butterfly is called Gonepteryx rhamni (polish Listkowiec Cytrynek, english Common Brimstone). They are very popular. I saw like 8 of them flying around that violet flower and drinkin it's nectar.

ps. It's new account I will use it till I come back to my home place. It's old photo.
The Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) 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.
Life cycle

G. rhamni is one of the longest lived butterflies, living up to thirteen months, although most of this time is spent in hibernation. As it is 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.

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. There is only one brood a year.

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Hallo and a big welcome to Trek Nature. I trust you to have a wonderful journey on this great site.

Even though you say that this is an old photo, your intro image has lots of magnetism to it, and I find very plesant. The colours in the photograph is bright and truly beautiful, just as beautiful of your main subject The Common Brimstone. These butterflies always reminds me of a fresh new leaf, and it almost looks fragile. Thanks for sharing a great macro. Hope to see more soon. Best regards.

Hello Damian
Welcome to TN.
Impressive first photo! Excellent composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

Ciao Damian, welcome on TN, lovely butterfly like a leave, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Very beautiful butterfly portrait!
Great composition and wonderful colours, sharpness and details are good, very well captured

Ciao Damian an welcome. Impressive details on wings weft of the beauty jeallow one. Excellent contrast and very good DOF.


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