Taken at Fontmell Down on 25/07/2017, this shows the male above and the female below. The male is always bright yellow, while the female is always paler, even white, though it can always be differentiated from the Large White by the shape of its wings and lack of any black markings underneath.
Mark has been to Alners Gorse again, and found this lovely fresh Brimstone. 26/07/2017.
It’s rather useful George caught these two on the same walk, as people new to butterflies can hear about the Clouded Yellow, then see a Brimstone and think they’ve seen one. As these shots show, the Brimstone is a lighter more acid yellow, and the wings are a very distinctive shape. You will rarely catch sight of the upper wings of either.
Taken on the Weymouth Relief Road cutting on 25/07/2017.
Penny saw this at Sharford Bridge in Purbeck on 21/05/2017. She says: “I love the way the same butterfly can look so different, depending on which direction the light is coming!”
This gorgeous shot was sent to us by Brian Arnold on 16/04/2017, a camouflaged Brimstone at Tolpuddle. A number of other butterflies were also seen by Brian, including: Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.
A Brimstone and Speckled Wood photographed at Happy Bottom NR, a Green-veined White and Orange-Tips were also seen on 16/04/2017. Thanks to Elaine Conlon who stood ‘knee deep’ in Nettles for the second shot!
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.