Brimstone

Insects

Description

The Brimstone is a medium large butterfly with leaf-shaped wings.

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.

The butterfly ranges widely and can often be seen flying along roadside verges and hedgerows.  The Brimstone has also been seen at Wem Moss.

Brimstone butterfly at Wem Moss.  Photograph by Tim Walter.

Share this page

Did you know?...

The Meres and Mosses area is the second largest natural network of ponds and wetlands in England (the Lake District is the largest)



What's going on?

News

29
nov

Harvest mouse haven at Whixall

Boglife and Natural England volunteers lead successful survey for Britain's smallest rodent.

28
jul

MediaMakers project

Take a look at all the exciting activities that the MediaActive team have been doing via their MediaMakers project!

Get involved

Events


Find out how the project is working with and supporting land managers to deliver an improved environment.

Click on the map above to see the places that make the area important and find out what's going on.

Find out about the Meres and Mosses, why they are important and how you can help.

Keep updated

stay up to date with what's going on and how you can help.

we will not share your details. privacy policy

Share your photos

we would love for you to share your images with us. they may get used on here!