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Dayglo butterfly ?

 
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geoff



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PostPosted: 20/03/09, 10:35    Post subject: Dayglo butterfly ? Reply with quote

Now, although I consider myself to be as 'green' as possible, I am definately not an entymologist (bug-botherer). So can anyone please suggest what the amazingly bright butterfly was that I saw in my garden yesterday.

It was almost a dayglo yellow and about the same size as a small tortoishell. Fluttered about a bit and wandered off heading North before I could get a picture of it. Never seen anything like it before.

Maybe it usually lives in Lyme and has adapted its colouration to match the plethora of double yellow lines on the roads ?

GB.
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 23/03/09, 10:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost certainly a Brimstone.
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PostPosted: 23/03/09, 11:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the Brimstone rare Rhodie ?
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PostPosted: 23/03/09, 22:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is the Brimstone rare Rhodie ?

Not at all at least not in England. Have a look at:

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?vernacular_name=Brimstone

for a distribution map and details of its lifecycle.

By the way Geoff stating that you are “as ‘green’ as possible” is really putting your head on the bloke . Are you that desperate to liven things up on the forum Wink . I am afraid I will not take the bait on this occasion and only add that knowing every creature around is not a necessary credential to being green. There are those who can put the correct name to any bird likely to be found in Britain and would travel to the end of the country at the drop of a hat to glimpse – tick – a rare bird and spend longer periods of time travelling the world to add to their “lists”. They then refer to the birds that they have seen as having "had”! A very materialistic, competitive and far from green pastime.
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PostPosted: 24/03/09, 09:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rhodie,

Well I do consider myself to be a lot greener than many, but I wasn't trying to be contentious, (though if - as you suggest - I put my head on a bloke it probably might raise a few eyebrows ?)

I just wondered what this amazing butterfly was called - thanks for the refs.

G.
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