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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 19 Apr 2020 at 15:26    Image of day on 08 May 2020

This decades old Apple tree is notable because EVERYTHING is red - flowers, the wood and sap, the skin of the apple as well as the flesh. It makes a good cooking apple even if whatever you make comes out pink!
Only when we worked on this photo did we spot the Comma Butterfly at the top, and a fly just to the Butterfly's left. That crenelated wing edge is marvellous camouflage.

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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 19 Jul 2020 at 12:04    Image of day on 26 Aug 2020

3 Days later around the same time of day another visit from a Brimstone Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2023 at 15:46    Image of day on 17 Sep 2023

This years brood of Brimstone Butterflies has emerged, this female is feeding on a thistle flower. With luck she will spend the summer building up her strength, hibernate for the winter and emerge next Spring to mate and lay her eggs. They do not have a second brood.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2021 at 12:39    Image of day on 22 May 2021

'Bluebells' are starting to flower in the less shaded spots, and this female Brimstone Butterfly is enjoying a nectar from this one.
This is not a genuine 'English' Bluebell - decades ago when we bought the bulbs it was not well known that many commercial 'Bluebells' are actually more robust foreign species. The insects don't care, so we are not purists enough to disturb what we have.

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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 01 Jun 2021 at 13:20    Image of day on 01 Jul 2021

3 separate flights here of the female Brimstone butterfly, since montaged to make some sort of fun layout, before we took her back to her bramble patch.

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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 19 Jul 2023 at 14:30    Image of day on 08 Sep 2023

Both male and female Brimstone Butterflies are on the wing. This female is on a newly flowering Teasel head.
The first Teasel flowers appear as a ring near the 'equator'. Then the ring splits into 2 rings that 'move' upwards and downwards to reach the 'poles'.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:20    Image of day on 01 Jul 2021

This female Brimstone Butterfly perched nicely for a photo before being rudely netted to strut her stuff for a few minutes at the insect flight kit.

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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 04 Aug 2021 at 10:11    Image of day on 14 Sep 2021

The fresh emergence of Brimstone Butterflies is upon us. This one has chosen a thistle flower for a tank-up.

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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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