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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 24 Aug 2021 at 12:46    Image of day on 06 Oct 2021

A male Brimstone Butterfly, one of over a dozen seen over the main pond, feasts on the rampant Purple Loosestrife flowers.


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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2021 at 15:39    Image of day on 14 Sep 2021

The male Brimstone Butterfly flies to a closer plant where we can see his proboscis deep in the 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 02 Aug 2019 at 15:43    Image of day on 22 Sep 2019

Another Brimstone on Purple Loosestrife flowers, flying up from a flower before fluttering off to the left.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2019 at 15:43    Image of day on 22 Sep 2019

Detail of the top right image of the Brimstone Butterfly


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019 at 15:56    Image of day on 20 Sep 2019

One of the Brimstone Butterflies landed on a much closer Purple Loosestrife flower - you can see the proboscis is deep in the flower.
The backlight sunshine really makes these colours.


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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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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019 at 15:55    Image of day on 20 Sep 2019

Over the main pond 2 obviously 'brand new' Brimstone Butterflies were intensively feeding on the recently emerged Purple Loosestrife. The camera caught this one moving away from one flower to land on another further up. 3 frames accurately position and about 7 fps.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2019 at 15:42    Image of day on 22 Sep 2019

A couple of male Brimstone Butterflies have provided opportunities for capturing short flights between flowers. The sequence for this fairly accurate montage is
         Bottom, half way up 45 degrees (edge on), top right, sweep left, top left.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2019 at 15:42    Image of day on 22 Sep 2019

At the camera resolution of the above we enjoyed the antics of the Butterflies proboscis (feeding tube). Here are the details of its rolling and unrolling from the frames where we could see it.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2016 at 14:32    Image of day on 20 Jul 2016

A male Brimstone Butterfly sips a late lunch from a Red Campion flower.


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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2019 at 13:10    Image of day on 23 Sep 2019

More male Brimstone Butterflies have appeared, this time in the meadow where they go straight to the flowering Teasels.


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Image Taken on 24 Mar 2012 at 15:36    Image of day on 26 Apr 2012

This is a male Brimstone Butterfly fueling up from one of a number of Winter flowering Viburnum.


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Image Taken on 10 May 2017 at 16:32    Image of day on 02 Jul 2017

This male Brimstone butterfly was finding nectar at various flower, here at a White Dead-nettle - a naturally sting free variety. At this scale it not obvious, but the camouflage is remarkably good - the 'veins' on the insect blend wonderfully with those on the leaf. The butterfly's proboscis is gently bent through over a right angle to disappear into the flower.


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

Brimstone butterflies have been a delight this week, the male fluttering around the perched female and spiralling together into the sky


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2016 at 15:06    Image of day on 26 Sep 2016

This male Brimstone Butterfly was feeding on the Purple Loosestrife flowers and fluttering between the stems. Start bottom left and follow clockwise.


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