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Common Brimstone

Common Brimstone
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-07 7:51
Viewed: 2804
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
A butterfly this time.
Left OOF is a bumble bee.

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. They are very camouflaged and they look like leaves.

Life cycle and foodplants
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.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-07 7:55]

Wonderful colored capture,
Details are great, POV,BG very good.
I like the lovely light of this capture.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-07 7:56]

Very good colors and details, very good presentation of this Butterfly!

Hi Peter,

Exceptionally well taken macro capture of the Common Brimstone!
The sharpness and POV are nice with great control on DOF. The colors of the butterfly are perfectly shown and the textures are very well defined in your shot. Simply a marvellous job you have performed here!

Thanks for posting.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-07 8:04]

Hi Peter,
Interessant is dat deze macro! Uitzonderlijke gemaakt en gespeeld. Enkele mooie kleuren.
Mijn hartelijke gelukwensen.
Een leuke dag,

Hi Peter,
marvellous capture and great details..
very well composed..TFS this image..

hallo Buurman
kijk eens links ,is die niet lekker??

mooi foto Peter
goede compositie met goed licht
en mooie kleuren,en goed BG.
Jammer dat de hommel er op staat
maar evengoed een mooi plaatje
en bedankt voor je vriendelijke comments
groetjes lou

Hallo Peter,

een mooie foto van deze vlinder die ik nog niet op de gevoelige plat heb vastgelegd.
jij deed dat wel met veel scherpte, dof en good laag standpunt.
Prima kleuren bovendien.
Jammer van die onscherpe bij op de foto.


hello Peter
very beautiful photo with good details,wonderful colours and composition

Hello Peter,
a fantastic capture of the Common Brimstone, superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours, a very good neutral BG.
Best regards

Hello Peter,

A great macro shot with beautiful coloration & fine details. Well done & TFS.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-07 9:18]

Hi Peter. I like the way they call thia a common Brimstone yet its so beautiful. As you fine POV shows. Sharp focusing and bright colours. We can see every detail in the wings. I like the different shades of green. wwell done TFS.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
  • [2009-09-07 10:02]

Hello Peter
a fine macro capture of this beautiful Common Brimstone with excellent details, wonderful colors and focusing for a great composition! Everything is optimally balanced.

Hi Peter,

A different subject from you but an awesom macro of a brimstone from lateral POV with nice colours, neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-07 10:20]

Hello Peter
perfect focus, great details and clear BG. Well done.

Hello Peter, great close up shot of a common brimstone.
Details and colours are perfect.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-07 11:06]

Hello Peter, great macro shot of this green butterfly from nice POV. Excellent clarity and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-07 14:24]

Slav Peter,
Good composition with nice colors and fine POV.A very nice butterfly.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6523 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2009-09-07 14:51]

Hi Peter,this is a great gift for a butterfly's fan like me.Very nice composition,whit excellents colors and perfect sharpness.Very rare this year this specie,you was lucky to meet! Have a nice day,LUCIANO

Ciao Peter. Good POV to exalt wing's weft and contrast. Nice compo and blurred BG. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-07 16:39]

Hi Peter,

That is a busy flower with both the Brimstone and the Bee visiting at the same time. The butterfly is so perfect it looks like a leaf of the plant. Excellent colors and details and a wonderful view of the beauty collecting nectar.


hello Peter

excellent macro photo of this camouflaged with
his background environment butterfly, fine POV,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


A "poetical pieridae" Peter, Undoubtedly the most charming of all the photo, is his masterful distribution of light and shade sober and elegant that you've made. Very good work, excellently compound and full of beautiful details.



Hi Peter.
Great capture of this wonderful butterfly!
Excellent sharpness and magnificent coloration.
Congratulations also by the super informative note!
José Roberto

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-08 9:22]

Hello Peter,
A very nice macro of a female Brimstone butterfly, super fresh specimen taken fro an ideal POV with excellent sharpness and lighting against a fine neutral natural BG. The composition with the thistle flowers and the OOF bumblebee is great too.
Thanks and all the best,

Ciao Peter, beautiful butterfly like a leafr, splendid macro with wonderful sharpness and fine details, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
nice pose of this Brimstone, and you have captured it with very fine details
i like the texture of his wings, beautiful colors and BG
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-09 0:38]

Hi Peter,
just simply beautiful. The sharpness is really excellent. It renders the simplicity in dense colours and great pose by the agile butterfly. i like the splashy smeared background, it adds dramatic to the overall shot.
Nice composition with an artistic approach.


Hello Peter
J'aime beaucoup ce papillon de par sa forme, et sa teinte pastelle.
Merci pour ce magnifique résultat

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