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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: 2019-04-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-04-13 15:08
Viewed: 282
Points: 19
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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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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-04-13 21:48]

Hi Luciano
Interesting butterfly, with good camouflage.
I see similar species in Mexico, similar in color and shape.


Hello Luciano,
Most difficult but attractive POV against the light...A lovely specie of butterfly wide spread also in my country.
The details and light are amazing.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-04-14 1:37]

The perfect timing as the trunk is in and sucking the nectar, friend of mine guide me about this and the transparency of wings creates another beauty, excellence of close up.

Ciao Luciano, gran bella, magnifici colori, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
I feel I might use flash in this scenario to rid of the blown out spots in the background and to color-wise isolate the subject a bit more from the environment. Not a bad shot, but you're capable of better, I think. Obviously just a personal opinion.
Kind regards, László

Nice shot but little more light in BG.

Hello Luciano,
To me all species are Photogenic but all places aren't - I told you before. Here is such situation. Controlled washout (soft) in background someway (High key) looks nice in Nature Picture. Transparent wing looks elegant in total out of focus background.
Keep shooting,
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice week,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-04-17 7:32]

Hello Luciano,
Very nice photo taken from the best POV in excellent sharpness. Yes, in the background some overcast, but it isn't disturbing.

Bonjour Luciano,

Les fleurs et les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Citron. La netteté est très bonne. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


so beautiful is this shot Luciano
good details and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

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