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gonepteryx rhamni / common brimstone

gonepteryx rhamni / common brimstone
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K-5 IIs, CZ Macro-Planar T* f2/ 100mm ZK
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-17 9:47
Viewed: 1332
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 centre 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.
G. rhamni lives in Europe, North Africa and Asia as far east as Mongolia. It is widely distributed across the southern half of the United Kingdom, and 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.
G. rhamni is one of the longest lived butterflies, living up to thirteen months, although most of this time is spent in hibernation. As it is 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.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-06-17 10:03]

Nuri bey selamlar,
İlk pozlarını, aldığımda; epey sevindiğim tür ..
Soft ışık ve detayların, çok da yakıştığı kompozisyon için kutlarım.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-17 10:38]

Salut Nuri.La couleur du fleur est parfaite pour se composer avec le jaune de la brimstone,une capture bien exposee' et avec des details impressionants,travail simplement super sur cette espece que j'ai vue plusieures fois moi aussi.Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Hi Nuri. I thought the orange spot was wing damage. Funny how we don't always know what we're seeing. I like the veins in the wing with the two colour tones. It reminds me of a cabbage you'd eat. LOL You framed this beautifully. The lighting is fantasic and the colours strong. With everything in focus it's a fantastic presentation. Well done! TFS Trevor

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-06-17 11:42]

Hello Nuri

A perfect macro with nice details, nice DOF, very nice bokeh and composition



Ciao Nuri, lovely butterfly on beautiful flower, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, great macro, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-06-17 14:01]

Hello Nuri,
Another very beautiful macro of this butterfly in splendid contrasting colours. Great sharpness, details and a nice composition.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-06-17 19:36]

Hello Nuri,
A wonderful close-up photo of this neat butterfly which resembles a leaf. Excellent white balance allowing us to view the butterfly as well as the pretty flower in true and natural colors. Great DOF and exceptional detail displayed in butterfly and what appears to be a type of Sweet Pea bloom.

Hello Nuri,..No doubt an excellent detailed picture.Very good light and sharpness.Like its POV with nice pose.Well managed BG too.Precise and useful NOTE too.Thanks for sharing,Regards and have a nice time,-Srikumar

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-06-18 5:21]

Nice picture and an excellent combination with the flower. Also great sharpness. Congratulation.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-06-19 13:10]

Bonsoir Nuri,
Une photo de l'année dernière, ce qui n'enlève rien à son charme..ce Citron a l'air de déposer un bisou sur la fleur..

nice capture...nice macro
wings are looking like leaves...

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-05 2:09]

Hi Nuri,
Another great image,amazing colors,good composition and nice sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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