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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2006 at 12:42    Image of day on 16 Aug 2006

Here you can see both upper and lower wings. See also 7 Aug 2006 entry.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2006 at 11:03    Image of day on 07 Aug 2006

The Adonis Blue Butterfly is in the news today (7 Aug) as having returned to an old site in the Cotswolds after a 50 year break. We have seen this butterfly here occasionally for a number of years but this year we see are currently seeing it every day. This is the beautiful underwing - the top wing (which shows when the wings are spread) is predominantly sky-blue.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2018 at 13:18    Image of day on 17 May 2018

We first saw a Brimstone Butterfly on 26 March, but this is our first pic of one (a male) feasting on one of many Primroses adorning the front garden.

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Image of day on 31 Jul 2005

The same Brimstone butterfly flew to a young Beech tree and 'vanished'. A search revealed him under a leaf and this montage shows how the marks of the butterfly match typical beech insect damage marks.

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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2019 at 12:48    Image of day on 21 Mar 2019

The female Brimstone butterfly was also enjoying the Viburnum flowers. In flight she did not show the vivid yellow on the top of the wings that the male sports.
When we reported this sighting to 'Natures Calendar' for 21 Feb it was said to be 'earlier than expected'. We looked through our 20 years of photos and indeed have only a single record for mid-March and otherwise all April or May. Ask for more details if you would find them useful.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2009 at 14:23    Image of day on 27 Jun 2009

The female hung about the garden for hours giving us the chance to get this unusual sequence of her feeding from a late bluebell, and then backing off from it. Note her rolling up her proboscis as she goes.
Sequence starts top left and goes clockwise.

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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 15:27    Image of day on 15 Jun 2009

The Female Brimstone butterfly does not sport the vivid yellows of the male (click to view top) the male (click to view top) and (click to view bottom)

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2019 at 10:46    Image of day on 15 May 2019

This female Brimstone Butterfly doesn't have the bright yellow top of wings of the male, but still has the orange spot at the wing centre.
These two moments of flight are about a third of a second part.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 13:48    Image of day on 12 Sep 2009

The new emergence of Brimstone butterflies has started so we have some pristine examples to photograph. Here we were lucky enough to catch a moment with the top and bottom of the wings both visible.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2014 at 12:36    Image of day on 13 Nov 2014

A pristine male Brimstone butterfly at this time of year means the first of the autumn emergence. It will spend the winter in some protected spot (shed, loft, woodpile) and emerge next year to find a girl to mate with to make another generation of yellow shimmering.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 13:38    Image of day on 20 May 2019

This shows two flights by a male Brimstone Butterfly.
The top of the male's wings are a much more vivid colour than the bottom.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2019 at 12:44    Image of day on 17 Jun 2019

Here are a pair of Brimstone butterflies indulging in their aerial ballet. This set of 4 exposures of the rising pair are at about 150mS intervals. Here the male is always below, with the yellow upper wing that has been moderately bird pecked along the edges.
Sorry about the ugly orange of the traffic barrier, but it helped the camera find and keep on focus for the half second of this sequence.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2015 at 15:36    Image of day on 16 Oct 2015

The male Brimstone butterfly feeding on a Teasel flower head.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2017 at 12:31    Image of day on 02 Aug 2017

A Male Brimstone Butterfly feeding on a Blackberry flower. The lower image shows that the proboscis can be raised very high (just above the antennae) to manoeuvre it into the flower.

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Image Taken on 26 May 2016 at 18:21    Image of day on 08 Jul 2016

In a sunlit evening patch along our access track, this male Brimstone Butterfly collects nectar from one of many Ground Ivy Flowers ...

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2017 at 15:45    Image of day on 02 Sep 2017

A Newly emerged male Brimstone butterfly is feeding on this Teasel in flower for some days - the ring of flowers has split to grow up and down - this is on the lower ring

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2016 at 12:44    Image of day on 02 Oct 2016

We seem to have a lot of Brimstone Butterflies this year. This one is feeding on the flowers of a Teasel. Teasel heads start with a ring of flowers somewhere about half way up the head, which splits into 2 rings, each moving away from the other until it runs out of head at the top or bottom after a week or so. Here the insect is on the lower ring.

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2015 at 12:37    Image of day on 30 May 2015

This male Brimstone Butterfly has his proboscis deep in the Primrose flower.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2018 at 13:17    Image of day on 14 Sep 2018

Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2018 at 12:20    Image of day on 28 Aug 2018

A male Brimstone Butterfly feeding on the plentiful Purple Loosestrife flowers growing in soggy soil at the main pond margins.

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