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Gonepteryx rhamni

Gonepteryx rhamni
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-07-25 8:59
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Tribe: Gonepterini
Genus: Gonepteryx
Species: G. rhamni

Found in Europe, Asia, and even north Africa, it is one of the longest lived butterflies, living up to thirteen months, although most of this time is spent in hibernation.
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.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.

Gonepteryx rhamni è un lepidottero della famiglia Pieridae, diffuso in Europa e Asia.
E' una delle farfalle più precoci in quanto sverna allo stato di adulto, protetto nelle cavità naturali: i primi individui volano già in febbraio.
Il dimorfismo sessuale è marcato: i maschi hanno un bel colore giallo limone mentre le femmine sono quasi bianche.
Il bruco si nutre di spincervino (Rhamnus catharticus).

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Ciao Luciano, gran bella la fogliona, piacevole contesto con lo sfondo di fiorellini gialli, dettagli e nitidezza al top, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. I just explain about my photo posted today......This image is great. I like this specie popular in my region in the last years despite that other species once very popular are now rare.....

Super capture in dappled light, Luciano.
The flowers and the butterfly supplement each other in this lovely composition.

ciao Luciano
Une belle prise aussi de ce Citron, c'est vrai que l'on en voit pas beaucoup.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2017-07-26 11:47]

Hi Luciano.
The always beautiful Gonepteryx in an nice and very good acction picture.
congratulation and saludos.

Hello Luciano

You have choose a great POV for this photo with the framing
giving a beautiful perspective, with a very beautiful light, TFS


Hi Luciano,

This is a lovely capture with exceptional details & sharpness. The colors are natural and looks beautiful in the light.

Warm Regards,

Bonjour Luciano,

Les fleurs cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Citron. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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