The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

October 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

Some say that the word “butterfly” is derived from “butter-coloured fly” which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly (the female is a much paler whitish-green).

With the approach of autumn, the Brimstone settles down to hibernate – often among leaves of Ivy, Holly or Bramble. The Brimstone is one of the few butterflies that hibernates as imago.

They prefer purple flowers that are rich of nectar, such as Thistle, Purple Clover and Devil’s-bit Scabious.

My mother once told me that if the first butterfly I see in spring is a Brimstone, it will bring me happiness and luck.

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