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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: 2014-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-11 7:39
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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.
È 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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Hello Luciano,

Hope life is good brother. This is a great shot of this wonderful looking butterfly known as Common Brimstone.The angle is just perfect and the focus is great as well, for the details overall are very satisfactory.Thanks a lot for sharing a beauty...take care,

warm regards/Abid

Ciao Luciano Splendida giallona contro uno sfondo complicato ma gestito al meglio. Dettaglio strepitoso. I latitanti di TN non sanno cosa si perdono.....


Hello Luciano,
Beautiful picture of this Butterfly.It seems I have seen this species in our area.Excellent sharpness with splendid colour and composition.Well dine my friend.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Bonsoir Luciano
C'est le même papillon que celui que je viens de publier.Merci pour les renseignements sur l'espèce.
Bonne soirée

Ciao Luciano una delle poche che mi sia capitata quest'anno, da buttar via che anche domani e domenica mette temporali, ma quando lavoro splendide giornate di sole, grrr, splendida macro, magnifici colori, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Luciano
Great sharpness picture and good composition
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-11 12:13]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic macro in superb sharpness and details. So close is so beautiful. Splendid light and colours. Great choice of composition.
Enjoy the weekend,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-04-11 12:20]

Hi Luciano,
Excellent close-up of this butterfly.
Nice colours and sharpness details,fantastic focus.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this butterfly that can superbly be camouflaged
with its environment, fine POV, very beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


That's a LOT OF BUTTERFLY and presented with taste.
Your notes, in two languages, are HIGHLY EDUCATIVE!!!
The image of this beauty is 10/10.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture with great details and a beautiful balanced composition.

照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 這個角度真令驚嘆 照的很細膩 也很柔性美麗
光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮 搭配真是賞心悅目
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Luciano!
Great close-up of Common Brimstone in very good sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colors all around. Thanks for sharing this lovely shot,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-04-12 7:04]

Bonjour Luciano,
Un papillon fréquent cette année chez nous aussi. Une image fine et classique.
Comme je ne vois pas beaucoup d'autres espèces,je vais éventuellement en poster un aussi ..
Bonne fin de semaine

Hi Luciano, Helpful note about this species. I love its wings which have a leaf form and texture look. Gorgeous composition with great light and natural colours. Thank for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-04-12 20:11]

Hello Luciano,
This particular species of butterfly always amazes me at how much they resemble a leaf. Perfectly photographed while displaying much detail and beautiful natural colors. The red eye seems a bit unusual, as I can't remember ever seeing this in any other types of butterflies.
I like your composition and rich yet natural colors. Great shot!!

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-04-17 12:06]

Hi Luciano,
hope you are all well my friend, beautiful G.rhamni,
always puts a smile on my face, I know the Spring is coming!
Thanks !

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