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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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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 12:54    Image of day on 04 Oct 2015

This male Brimstone Butterfly made several flights for us, but his tendency to fly very fast upwards made portraits difficult. Here we montage 2 flights to make an impression. The cut at the top was not an artistic choice!

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Image Taken on 03 May 2009 at 15:04    Image of day on 27 May 2009

Did not get a good view of both sides of the wing together, so here is what you see from underneath or when the wings are folded.

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Image Taken on 03 May 2009 at 15:00    Image of day on 27 May 2009

The Brimstone butterflies are a bit tatty and a little faded, but still lovely. Seen feeding on these (probably hybridised) bluebells so we have used them as 'decoration'.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 16:50    Image of day on 14 Jul 2010

This Brimstone butterfly is in surprisingly good condition for June. This image in flight shows the top of the wing (brightest yellow), bottom of wing (greeny-yellow) and body all in one 'lucky' image.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2012 at 14:39    Image of day on 28 Sep 2012

This the a Brimstone butterfly (often the first butterfly of the year after over-wintering as adults) but this one will have emerged this year. It is difficult to see both sides of the wing together because when they perch they close their wings, making this in-flight photo unusual. This male is yellow - the females are white, but still have the orange spot.

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2018 at 10:52    Image of day on 27 May 2018

There seem to be quite a lot of male Brimstone butterflies waking from their winter sleep. Rarely stopping in their search for a mate, they do occasionally need to stop for a re-fuel, here on a group of Forget-me-not flowers.

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Image Taken on 11 May 2017 at 15:22    Image of day on 05 Jul 2017

Brimstone Butterflies seem to have been on-the-wing for weeks. Here one is enjoying a Green Alkanet Flower.

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Image Taken on 11 Apr 2012 at 15:15    Image of day on 06 May 2012

A male Brimstone butterfly feeding on the carpet of Ground Ivy

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Image Taken on 06 May 2018 at 09:28    Image of day on 22 Jun 2018

The vivid yellow of the male Brimstone Butterfly is on the 'top' of the wing. The underside of the wing has this greenish colour. The top of the female's wing is white, and the bottom paler than this males, but with the same spots and contour.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2015 at 12:32    Image of day on 23 May 2015

A few warm days has woken the over-wintering butterflies. This male Brimstone Butterfly (on the left) stops off for a snack on some Primrose flowers. This insect is really hard to spot on these flowers if you don't see it land.

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Image Taken on 15 Mar 2009 at 11:51    Image of day on 04 Apr 2009

Harbinger of spring 2 - a male Brimstone butterfly on a primrose flower. From a distance it is very hard to see the insect until it moves.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2007 at 11:31    Image of day on 22 Aug 2007

You know the saying about fleas have little fleas ... This newly emerged Brimstone butterfly feeding on nectar didn't take any notice of the fly that had perched on it

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Image Taken on 10 May 2008 at 17:43    Image of day on 24 May 2008

Lovely pairing of colours. The female Brimstone is white but with the orange spot.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2013 at 13:29    Image of day on 18 Oct 2013

If we hadn't seen this male Brimstone butterfly land on the water lily flower, we doubt that we would have spotted him.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2017 at 13:10    Image of day on 13 Jul 2017

A male Brimstone Butterfly stops on a Forget-me-not flower for a feed. The Proboscis is beginning to unwind and looks very like the 'hair spring' in a 'clockwork' watch - the only sort of watch there was for the first 30 years of our existence.

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Image of day on 30 Jul 2005

A Brimstone butterfly feeding on a teasel flower with hover-fly capriciously also in shot. Tomorrow an example of the actual same insect camouflaged in a beech tree.

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2014 at 14:12    Image of day on 11 May 2014

Another winter hibernating butterfly - the Brimstone - is here feeding on a Red Dead-nettle.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:07    Image of day on 27 Oct 2018

In a field margin we found this female Brown Argus Butterfly feeding on one of the few still flowering Thistle plants. This pic showing both sides of the wings.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:08    Image of day on 27 Oct 2018

Here we see the same female Brown Argus Butterfly with her wings fully open.

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