Butterflies - Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
The Brimstone is common sight in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
Warm sunny days in early March brings the Brimstone out from hibernation. The Brimstone is one of the longest living of British Butterflies and is the only species outside the Nymphalidae family to hibernate as an adult butterfly.
The bright, rich yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly cannot be confused with any other UK butterfly. The female however, is a very pale yellow/white and is easily confused for a Large White.
The Brimstone is thought to be the original 'butter-coloured fly'.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Buckthorn(Rhamnus cathartica) Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus)
The Brimstone is usually found in grassland, woodland, open areas and hedgerows but can also be found in any location even where the larval food plant is not present as the butterfly may travel widely from its larval home.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Clowes Wood (WWT Reserve)
New Fallings Copice (WWT Reserve)
Grove Hill (WWT Reserve)
Hampton Wood and Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Rough Hill Wood (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Brimstone is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Brimstone butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.