Shona observed this unusual sight at Fontmell Down on 15/07/18. How many of us can say we have seen both male and female Brimstone butterflies nectaring on the same flower? It is a lovely record and shows the difference in colour between the sexes so clearly.
George photographed this Brimstone on 17/04/18 near Weymouth.He says:
Spotted this Brimstone on the Littlemead, (Weymouth) to Nottington footpath not easy trying to catch up with them as they seem to be on the go forever then hide, lucky for me this one picked dead brambles to settle.
Giving George the run around I think!
Brimstone. Photo: Elaine Townsend
This Brimstone is the second species of butterfly Elaine spotted at Happy Bottom, on 14/04/18.
Another butterfly tempted out of hibernation due to the warm weather.
Their flight period is July- Oct and the caterpillar foodplant is Buckthorn and Alder Buckthorn. Males are a butter yellow colour, and it is sometimes said this is why butterflies are called so. Females are much paler, appearing almost white until they settle, then they show a soft lime green to their undersides of their wings.
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.