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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.
Unmistakable. See picture. The female is paler yellow (more greenish) than the male.
Early april till early june and early july till early october.
Common. Near woodlands, in parks, gardens, etc.
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.
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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
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
- [2006-04-12 14:52]
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.
- [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!
Wow!! Wonderful capture. Excellent low POV. Colours are well saturated. Nice work.-)