Woodland Trust

Nature's CalendarNature Detectives

Ne'er cast a clout till May is out - remember to record your sightings of hawthorn first flowering

Brimstone. Libby Owensbrimstone

Gonepteryx rhamni

  • Female has pale green wings
     
  • Male has lemon-yellow wings - the origin of the word ‘butter’fly
     
  • Both have a small orange spot on each wing 
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Where found

Light woodland, bushy areas

Larvae feed on buckthorn

Found throughout the British Isles, except Scotland
 

When to look for

  • Often first butterfly to appear after winter
     
  • Hibernating specimens reappear in early spring, from late March/early April - view live map