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The Common Brimstone

The Common Brimstone
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 7:38
Viewed: 2309
Points: 20
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This butterfly got in spider net when I tried to take its. The spider quickly run to this place.

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. 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. Widely distributed across the southern half of the UK, it 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. 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. There is only one brood a year.

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Hi Pawel
What a lovely shot this great Gonepteryx rhamni in fly!!!!
Perfect details and colors.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-19 7:47]

Excellent macro, TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-19 9:35]

Hi Pawel. This is a very good lose up of the Yellow Butterfly. Not such a good time for the butterfly but it will feed the spider for a long tome. Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. The yellow colour standsout well from the dark dreen of the BG. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-19 9:35]

Hallo Pawel,
Ten sie Tobie naprawde udal i do tego w locie.
Swietna ostrosc,super kontrast,bezbledne tlo.
Calosc bez zarzutu.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-19 9:44]

Hello Pawel.
a male Brimstone caught in a spider's web and well caught by you to show fine details wthat include a little of the upper surface of the forewing, which is unusual.
Thanksna best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-19 12:00]

Hi Pawel,this was my first butterfly of 2010 and i'm happy to see again it..what a strange situation whit the spider..ehhee..great sharpness,focus and composition,thanks for share,have a nice time,LUCIANO

Hello Pawel,
A fantastic capture with exceptional details and clarity.
Very good focus and colours. Amazing background.

Hi Pawel,

an very good image from you with great detail and fine colours.
Nice blurred bg.


Ciao Pawel. What interesting situation for this "unlucky beauty". Stuning detaisl on wings eft and beautiful natural colours. Impressive focused eye. Very well done.


Hello Pawel
what a beautiful shot of this flying Brimstone with so sharp details, the texture of his wings are very well seen, superb colors and lighting
a very special picture TFS
Have a good night

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