A medium-large butterfly of England, Wales and Ireland. Leaf-shaped wings.
The Brimstone has spread in recent years, mainly in northern England. When this butterfly roosts among foliage, the angular shape and the strong veining of their wings closely resembles leaves.
There is a view that the word ‘butterfly’ originates from the yellow colour of male Brimstones. The wings of the female are very pale green, almost white, males have yellow-green underwings and yellow upperwings.
What does the Brimstone eat?
The Brimstone larvae feed on leaves of Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), which occurs mainly on calcareous soils, and Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus), which is found on moist acid soils and wetlands.
What habitat does the Brimstone live in?
The Brimstone lives in scrubby grassland and woodland. The butterfly ranges widely and can often be seen flying along roadside verges and hedgerows.
What family does the Brimstone belong to?
The Brimstone belong to the Pieridae family.