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?
Photographed on 06/09/2015 in a garden in Winfrith Newburgh. The male Brimstone is on a scabious flower – this particular plant was grown from seed the previous year and was supposed to be an annual, but survived the winter and is flowering prolifically. Butterflies like all scabious flowers: lots of easy nectar.
A delightful close-up of a Brimstone butterfly at Longham Lakes on 02/09/2015.
A fabulous and vibrantly coloured photograph of a fresh male Brimstone in Mark’s garden on 26/08/2015.