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Gonepteryx rhamni

Gonepteryx rhamni
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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/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-22 5:34
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Points: 8
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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. There is only one brood a year.

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Hallo Giorgos
A feast of colour and a delight to the eyes. I fancy the hint of gold seen in the butterfly's eye and the shape of the wings that remind me of a fresh new leaf. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Hi Giorgos,

Wonderful picture and composition with great colours!


Ciao Giorgios, great macro of elegant Gonopteryx rhamni, fine details, splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-06-22 7:16]

Helló Giorgos!

Fantasztikus fotó! A színek, sárga, piros, nagyon jól össze illenek.
Remek élesség, és szerkesztés!

Hola Giorgos, muy bella esta fotografía, felicitaciones, el contraste de los colores la hace magnifica, me gustan mucho esas mariposas. Gracias por compartirla. Saludos

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