Tag Archives: Brimstone

rare view3 of a Male and Female Brimstone nectaring on Knapweed

Brimstones. Photo: Shona Refoy

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.


view of a Brimstone nectaring on Erysium flowers

Brimstone.Photo: James Gould

James photographed this lovely Brimstone in his Dorchester garden on 18/07/18.

It is nectaring on Erysium, a very useful and easy to grow plant that flowers almost all year long, and is loved by many species of butterflies.

Brimstone. Holton Lee

view of a Male Brimstone on thistles

Brimstone. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda spotted this 2nd generation male Brimstone at Holton Lee on 6/07/18.

It appears a little early this year as most references suggest that the offspring of Brimstones seen earlier in the year emerge in late July.

The Brimstone is the longest-lived of our British butterflies and is one of the few species that hibernates as an adult and, as such, spends the majority of its life as an adult butterfly.


view of a Brimstone egg laying on Buckthorn

Brimstone. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann photographed this Brimstone in her Corfe Mullen garden on 5/05/18 and tells us:

. This was a very exciting moment, as we planted this tree for the butterflies several years ago, and have not seen any caterpillars so far on the tree, although we get adult Brimstones in the garden.

Ann is going to watch over this tree and hopefully get a photo of a caterpillar in the near future.

view of a Brimstone resting in dead brambles

Brimstone. Photo: George McCabe

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!

view of a Brimstone nectaring on primroses

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.

Two Brimsotnes, one above the other on a stalk of thistle flowers

Brimstones. Photo: Harold Gillen

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.