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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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- [2006-04-17 5:00]
Very nice shot of this Pieridae Harm!
May be a bit bright, but a very good photo!
Very good POV!
I love brimstones so much, this one is sitting on this beautiful flower in a nice position.
Excellent sharpness, a little bright but it's difficult, the bright butterfly against the dark flower and BG. Anyway again a beautiful shot and such informative note, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda