58.013 .... B&F 1546
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni (Linnaeus, 1758) 

Status ..... This is one of our most familiar and readily identifiable butterflies, heralding the arrival of Spring for many recorders and indeed, is a true sign of warmer weather. Because the male is so distinctive and instantly recognisable, the Brimstone is also one of our better recorded species and the eagerness to record the first butterfly of the year, means we have an accurate picture of distribution.

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Photographed at Eakring Meadows July 2003   Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter August 2009
 
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Early stages                            
Half grown larva on Purging Buckthorn Rhamnus carthatica. Photographed at Hills and Holes SSSI June 2016.
 
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Full grown larva on Purging Buckthorn Rhamnus carthatica. Photographed at Hills and Holes SSSI June 2020.
 
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Pupa on Purging Buckthorn Rhamnus carthatica. Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top July 2021.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Brimstone 
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Nottingham City Council. Wil Heeney. Steve Horne. Darren Matthews. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2021

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