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Gonepteryx rhamni

Gonepteryx rhamni
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-02
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-08 2:50
Viewed: 2361
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. In much of its range, it is the only species of its genus, and this conspicuous butterfly is therefore simply known as "the brimstone" locally.
Appearance, behaviour and distribution
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.


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Hola Siegfried,
Preciosa captura con gran nitidez y detalle, excelente luz que realza la textura, saludos
Jos Ramn

Czesc Siggi
Ladny ostry cytrynek Tlo ladnie rozmyte, kompozycja super, punkt widzenia jak z dobrego atlasu motyli

Hi Siegfried,

Very nice capture of this green beauty. It almost looks like a leaf and it must be too tough to find in the foliage. You have done a great job. Superb composition with nice sharp and focused image


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-08 3:00]

Hi Siggi,the best point of view to see perfectly the beauty of the wings of this great butterfly! Wonderful sharpness and colors,and the perfect light for the best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-08 3:28]

Slav Segfred,
Very good macro shot of this butterfly.Fine sharp details and splendid light,colors and composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regarrds.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-08 4:01]

Witaj Siggi,
Bardzo precyzyjne ustawienie i perfekt ostrosc, DOF i OOF dają dobra ekspozycje motyla.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-08 4:10]

Very nice with great details!

Ciao Siggi, great composition with wonderful butterfly and beautiful flower, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Siggi

Good shot of this brimstone. Good POV and DOF. Good sharpness and details.


hello Siegfried,
a splendid picture of the Common Brimstone taken from an ideal POV with superb sharpness and bright colours, splendid light, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-08 7:23]

Hello Siegfried
Nice macro shot with very sharp details and beautiful colors, perfect focus too.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-07-08 7:39]

Hello Siegfried, wonderful close-up of this green butterfly with nice composition.
TFS and G's,

Hello Siegfried,

A beautiful capture with lovely natural green colors, details & sharpness. Well done & TFS.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-08 8:14]

Hello Siegfried,
Great photo in excellent sharp details and very beautiful light and colours. Good POV, composition and OOF BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-08 10:10]

Buena captura amigo,
color y estupendo foco.
sensacional encuadre,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-08 12:36]

Hi Siegfried. The common Brimstone blends into the Bg so well. Theirare so many different shades of green in the picture. Your side POV lets us see the wing detail. Well done TFs.

Hi MF Siggi, a delightful macro of this well-camouflaged butterfly from lateral POV with great details/DOF and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-08 12:56]

Hi Siegfried
Beautiful composition.Excelelnt POV and sharp image.Light control here is excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-08 16:40]

Hi Siggi,

This lovely Brimstone looks as if it is in the mouth of the flower! A wonderful and unusual pose. A wonderful macro giving the best possible view of the wing. Colors, textures and details are superb. A beautiful setting and composition.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-08 17:21]

Hola Sigfrido.
Bellos los colores amarillos que luce la Mariposa en esta exelente imagen. Alta calidad y nitidez lograda.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-08 20:06]

Hello Siegfried,
Incredible detail in this beautiful butterflies wing structure. The colors are very natural and the lighting allows us to see the fine texture of the flower as well as the butterflies wings and body. TFS.

Siggi merhaba,detayları ve ışığı ile gzel bir makro olmuş.Yeşil artalan ile izlemesi ok gzel,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :) :)

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this beautiful brimestone butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-09 7:16]

Hallo Siggi !
Man kann, oder ich kann nur sagen: MAGNIFIC.
Es gefllt mir diesen macro sehr.
Ein schner Tag,

Hello Siegfried, wonderful close up of this brimstone butterfy with great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Siegfried
a great shot of this Common Brimstone,very sharp details, beautiful pose and wonderful colors, superb POV and DOF, nice blurred BG
Have a good night

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