Gonepteryx rhamni 


Wingspan: 60 - 74mm 

Male bright yellow with distinctive leaf shaped wing profile, female much paler whitish-green. 

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Flight Period
The peak flight periods are April / May and again in August, but this butterfly can be seen in most months of the year. 

Larval Food Plants
Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) 

The Brimstone can be found in many habitats including woodland, downland, roadside verges & gardens 

Wiltshire Status
Resident and widespread. 

Wiltshire Sites
Commonly seen throughout Wiltshire. 

Earliest sightings
Earliest county record 1st January 2000  

Latest county record
28th December 2006 Bentley Wood (Sue Walker)