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Butterflies Page 3
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
Ref: 20090627_db1_20090528_1423_073 brimstone butterfly male fluttering round female on red campion (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20160926_df3_20160810_1506_084-087 brimstone butterfly male flying between flowers of purple loosestrife (lower left clockwise) 1-4 of 4 (approx montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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!
Ref: 20151004_da1_20150802_1254_321+1255_324+1240_282_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in 2 flights + thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Feb 2022
at 12:40 Image of day on 31 Mar 2022
First of the year - male Brimstone Butterfly whizzing about over the garden bushes,
hedges etc. This time we got lucky with a hand-held camera to get a reasonable
image of this delight-in-flight.
We hope this year to refurbish the kit we use to photograph insects in flight.
You can see our efforts over the last few years as about 400 images starting at page
Ref: 20220331_df3_20220226_1240_188 brimstone butterfly male in flight - first of 2022(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090527_dc1_20090503_1504_183+1453_150 ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight bottom with bluebell (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20090527_dc1_20090503_1500_159+1451_145 ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight top with bluebell (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20100714_da1_20100605_1650_194+1657_223_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight with ground ivy flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20120928_da1_20120818_1439_142+1536_278_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight with thistle flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Nov 2018
at 12:48 Image of day on 05 Jan 2019
In the middle of the Autumn days we see occasional butterflies.
Here a male Brimstone was flittering around in our excuse for the
front garden, and suddenly disappeared. It took a minute or so search
to find the insect in among blackberry leaves looking just like a
slightly more 'autumned' leaf. Better camouflage than you might imagine.
Ref: 20190105_df3_20181115_1248_002+1249_006 brimstone butterfly male late in season hiding in bush 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180527_df3_20180418_1052_106 brimstone butterfly male on forget-me-not flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170705_df3_20170511_1522_005 brimstone butterfly male on green alkanet flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20120506_df1_20120411_1515_377 brimstone butterfly male on ground ivy flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20180622_df3_20180506_0928_054 brimstone butterfly male on ground ivy with nettle behind(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150523_df3_20150407_1232_336 brimstone butterfly male on primrose flower (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090404_db1_20090315_1151_019 brimstone butterfly male on primrose flowers (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20070822_d01_20070728_1131_058 brimstone butterfly male on purple loosestrife with fly on butterfly wing(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20080524_dc1_20080510_1743_023 brimstone butterfly male on red campion(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20131018_df1_20130821_1329_526 brimstone butterfly male on yellow water lily flower (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019
at 15:57 Image of day on 20 Sep 2019
This moment caught the Brimstone Butterfly's proboscis fully exposed and
glinting in the sun in all the colours of the rainbow, a sure sign of
iridescence in this bit of anatomy where we have never observed it before. The
light and viewing angle to make this visible is very critical - frames only 140mS
before and after show only a hint of this effect.
Ref: 20190920_df3_20190801_1557_059 brimstone butterfly male removing iridescent proboscis from purple loosestrife flower (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170713_df3_20170521_1310_079 brimstone butterfly male showing spiralled proboscis on forget-me-not flower (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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