This lovely shot of a Brimstone was taken by Elaine at (Thomas) Hardy’s Cottage in Bockhampton. The flower is a lungwort – so named because at one time the marks on the leaves were thought to resemble lungs, and therefore the plant would be a cure for lung problems; please don’t try following this very dubious advice!
A Brimstone photographed during James Gould’s twelve mile walk on the 13/03/2017. James told us that despite walking the distance he saw no butterflies until he walked along the edge of Green Hill reserve (North of Hilton and Milton Abbas) where, within the space of ten metres he saw a Brimstone (see photo), a Comma and a Red Admiral!
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James says: “Out walking yesterday [26/03/2017] I counted 12 Brimstones in flight, but the best view I got was when I returned home, a Brimstone nectaring on primroses in my garden in Dorchester.”
Can you spot it? Even at a distance, the distinctive shape and yellow colouring of the Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterfly make it fairly easy to identify from most other british butterflies. Thanks to Diana Jones and Martin Clark who spotted the butterfly in St John’s Church in Wimborne on 18/02/2017.
The warmth and sunshine on Saturday 18th February brought in reports of 13 butterflies. Continue reading
Christine sent us this amazing shot earlier this year – our apologies for the delay in publishing it. You can see why butterflies prefer flat open flowers: this looks quite a squeeze. Taken in Swanage on 2 April.
Gorgeous shot of a male Brimstone, taken at Sandford Heath (near Wareham) on 30 April.
Thanks to Chris Rowland for sending us his photograph of a Brimstone butterfly at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Higher Hyde Heath reserve near Bere Regis. Taken on 15/03/2016.
John said it was a pity about he shadow on the butterfly, and photographically, perhaps so, but doesn’t it show how hard a bright yellow butterfly can be to see in the right conditions?