Male brimstone butterfly

Male brimstone butterfly

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Male brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) feeding on a butterfly bush flower (Buddleja davidii). This is the longest living British butterfly. It emerges in July and may live until the following June. It is camoflaged on ivy, bramble and holly throughout hibernation during autumn and winter. The males have bright green underwings, whereas females are larger and paler. Photographed in summer.

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