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Gonepteryx rhamni

Gonepteryx rhamni
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, European Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-12 5:11
Viewed: 3289
Points: 12
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Gonepteryx rhamni / Brimstone / Zitronenfalter / Le Citron / Citroenvlinder.

The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) is a mid-sized butterfly. The male is yellow and the female is lime green. The caterpillars eat buckthorn leaves. Found in Europe, Asia, and even north Africa, it is one of the longest living butterflies, living up to nine months.

Brimstone butterflies feed only on buckthorn and alder buckthorn bush foliage, and eat throughout the fall to build up energy reserves for the winter. It settles on evergreen plants and hibernates for the winter season.

The brimstone usually hides until early spring, then mates, lays eggs, and dies. It only takes flight when the sun is out.

Distinguishing marks:
Unmistakable. See picture. The female is paler yellow (more greenish) than the male.

Flying time:
Early april till early june and early july till early october.

Common. Near woodlands, in parks, gardens, etc.

Foodplant caterpillar:
Frangula alnus and Rhamnus catharticus

The Brimstone hibernates as an adult, so on warm days in november, december, january, february or march they can, sometimes 'by mistake', crawl out of their hiding places (sheds, attics, hollow trees) and fly around for a little while. This butterfly is resident throughout Europe and North Africa.

SOURCE: http://www.vlinderstichting.nl/butterflyinfo/species/grhamni.html

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Hi Harm

Superb post of very high quality, I like the composition and the details on the wings!
Did a small workshop to remove noise , let me know if you like it
Goutham R

Hi Harm,
I love Brimstones so much, only so fresh in colour and so many to see in the near forrest in summer. Excellent shot here, as usual, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-12 14:52]

Hi Harm,
this is beautiful its stands out perfect from the B/G. Excellent POV. Nice sharp details and great colors .. Very well composed.

Well seen. Nice composition, sharp, and great details. Very well capture.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-13 5:31]

Very good Harm!
Excellent phto of this Pieridae!
Excellent on details, colours and DOF!
Very beautiful colours!
Very good POV!
5* and TFS!

Hi Harm

Wow!! Wonderful capture. Excellent low POV. Colours are well saturated. Nice work.-)

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