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Identify please

By scuttlefish
Is this a moth or butterfly? Found it clutching to a stem of grass at my local reservoir yesterday. Looked like a yellow petal but on closer inspection I was surprised with this specimen. It's about an inch in size. I'm afraid that this is the best of a bunch due to a strong breeze blowing it out of focus.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Julian, tull, normanw and 2 more

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Julian 17 76 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2005 11:59AM
Yes Scuttlefish, it's a Brimstone, with curled wings, possibly freshly emerged from its pupa which is why they are drooping down.

Great find

tull 18 181 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2005 12:08PM
Nice detail and dof.

normanw 18 66
8 Aug 2005 12:09PM
hehe, nice one. I saw one of these yesterday and wondered what it was (thanks Julian), couldn't get a decent shot like this though.
8 Aug 2005 12:11PM
Many thanks for the I.D. Julian. Butterfly species, latin name of Gonepteryx rhamni according to Google. Thanks for giving it a name, much appreciated.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
8 Aug 2005 11:33PM
Sharp eyes on your Brimstone . Think it may be a female , as I think Males are darker .

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