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Brimstone Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D + Grip BG-E3, Canon EF 75-300 mm USM, Sandisk Ext III 4gb, 58mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-30 2:34
Viewed: 3077
Points: 6
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Another of the butterflies from my recent walk and again one that did not wait for me (age ,illness, long grass and uneven prevent me charging after it) so this was a quick shot.

The Brimstone normally heralds the arrival of spring, this one I believe is a female, the male has the more typical brimstone colour, the female is often mistaken at a distance for a large white. Its uniquely shaped wings make it easy to identify. Summer adults hibernate and emerge the following spring. Has only one brood. Wingspan 60mm

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-30 4:33]

Hello Bill,
A fine capture of a female Brimstone butterfly, the slightly oblique POV showing more details of the front part of the head with the coiled out proboscis. The BG is great and the composition with the thistle flower is fine but the grass stem is a little disturbing, even thouigh we often have to put up with these natural interferences then we take photos in the wild.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello William,
Nice picture composed with nice border. Good POV and DOF.


You've capture a beautiful famale of Gonepteryx rhamni. Non easy to obtain so good detaisl on wing's weft of this specie. Very good light too and natural colours. Bit OOF for the head but it's only a little probelm. Best compliments dear Bill!

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