<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-02 3:25
Viewed: 3531
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little bit summer for my friend Greg

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

Gonepteryx rhamni

Range expanding.

The sulphur-yellow uppersides of the wings of the male Brimstone make this species easy to identify in flight. There is a view that the word 'butterfly' originates from the yellow colour of male Brimstones. By contrast, the wings of the female are very pale green, almost white. When the butterflies roost among foliage, the angular shape and the strong veining of their wings closely resemble leaves.

European/world range
Widespread through Europe as far as 64ºN in Scandinavia, extending to Mongolia and North Africa. The European range is stable.

The larvae feed on leaves of Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), which occurs mainly on calcareous soils, and Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus), which is found on moist acid soils and wetlands.

The Brimstone occurs in scrubby grassland, woodland (especially damp carr woodland), hedgerows, and open ground wherever foodplants are available in sunny positions. The butterfly ranges widely and can often be seen flying along roadside verges and tracks with hedgerows, well away from foodplants.

phlr, red45, fiyo, Janice, Libor, scottevers7, moemf, marhowie, alejandroguzman, mjdundee, firelord has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-02 3:44]

Beautiful, have to go now, greetings reina

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-02 3:49]

Very beautiful indeed!
Very good light contrast!
Wonderful green colour!
Specie not common in Portugal.
Excelent details!
Very good BG!

  • Great 
  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-12-02 3:53]

Very nice photo. Perfect light, very good composition and sharpness.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-02 4:26]

Excellent post Heinz, thanks for this one! Summer and sun is what we, Northern Europeans, need this time desperatelly! Nice and hard to capture butterfly. I like its yellow, almost green wings and composition with violet flower. Very good work my friend!

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-02 4:34]

Hello Heinz,
that´s a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. TFS:)

Hi Heinz,
The lighting is perfect here, also the exposure is very good.
Excellent shot!
Thank you and have nice weekend!

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-02 5:24]

I think of the phrase, "Fire and Brimstone" but looking at this beautiful butterfly doesn't give that impression. Stunning shot Heinz, he is so sharp with such wonderful colours. A great summer shot - yes, nice one for Greg! Well shown, thank you...

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-12-02 6:00]

wauuu beautiful butterfly
superb colors and details
TFS Libor

ABSOLUTELY fantastic!
Great hero of summer!

Hi Heinz,
Beautiful shot. I love the back lighting in this scene. It shows great vein detail in the wings. Beautiful colors with sharp detail. A beautiful composition.

  • Great 
  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-12-02 8:53]

Very nice shot! The green wings are great and the lighting is lovely. Well done!!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-02 10:55]

THAT is an amazing butterfly, Heinz. Talk about camouflage!!!
The details are very sharp and I really like the back-lit wings.
Just amazing! I can't get over such a butterfly. : )
Ahhh.... the wonders of nature...TFS. : )

Sorry, no time for decent critique, but the two points are well deserved here.

//It's a lovely photo with nice colours//

Excellent backlit effect Heinz. Well composed with good detail, colors and nicely OOF BG. Great note - Well done! Thank You.

hi Heinz:

U really got this pic in the RIGHT moment... when it was eating !!!... WOW !!!!


Hallo Heinz,
also diese Zitronenfalter sind doch wirklich mit die schönesten Schmetterlinge die wir haben, besonders auf dieser pinken Blume.
Ich hatte dieses Jahr ja auch das Glück die gleiche Kombi wie hier zu sehen knipsen zu können, hab' mich ein wenig in diese schönen Flattermänner verliebt. Das Näschen ist so "sexy" :-)
Vielen vielen Dank für diesen gute-Laune-Schuß, ganz toll.
Schönes Wochenende, oder vielleicht auch bis morgen, tschüssi
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Heinz,
Most probably I always thoght to look at a leaf or this species must be very rare and hard to find. Great compo and details. Good note. TFS Thomas

Calibration Check