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Gonepteryx rhamni

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22nd July 2011, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Bucks. Photo: © Phil And Ann Farrer
Easily mistaken for a leaf with prominent veins. Looks similar to a pale green leaf, including small brown spots typical of non-pristine leaves, as here.


22nd July 2011, Aston Clinton,, Aylesbury Bucks. Photo: © Phil And Ann Farrer
On Devil's-bit Scabious


22nd July 2011, Aston Clinton,, Aylesbury Bucks. Photo: © Phil And Ann Farrer
It has a furry underbelly


Photo: © Richard Davies
Wings always folded when resting, with the wings closely matching each other in outline. It has an unusual brown-edged cusped appearance at the front where stiffening veins in the wings merge with the insects body.


Can be mistaken for : Clouded Yellow and Pale Clouded Yellow butterflies, which are similar in colour.

Superficial resemblance to : A Large White butterfly when in flight, but at close quartwrs can be distinguished from it by the hooked tip of the wings and the absence of black spots. Like a leaf, it also has small brown spots.

The Brimstone butterfly derives its name from the pale yellow colouring of the upper side of the wings, which is likened to sulfur (or brimstone). The underside is a very pale green. Lives for up to 12 months but flies only between June and September and then again in Spring after a winters hibernation. When resting always folds its wings up.


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BRIMSTONE

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