Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wall brown and brimstone yellow





(The caterpillar is not of either of the butterflies, but that of some kind of moth, probably of a form of arctiidae. The brimstone is a female, barely yellow at all, and at a quick glance could be mistaken for any of the white butterflies. A closer look at her form and markings, however, shows her to be a pale and elegant image of her sulphurous mate.)

7 comments:

Plutarch said...

You can almost feel the wamth of that dandelion like Spring sunshine.

herhimnbryn said...

Spring is sprung etc.
Such colour is a welcome sight.

stitchwort said...

Super photos.
The female is frequently referred to as *duller* or *drabber* than the male (of many species) - here we prefer *subtler* for the not-so-brightly-coloured female.

annie said...

Here is my meantime, over from Marly and the Palace.

Seeing your blogger profile (in brief) and beautiful photos, you have passed to the second round of interviews, which occur only after the work week is over.

Until then!

marlyat2 said...

Hmm. There's Annie! You barely meet somebody, and then you wonder how you could miss her before...

Love those butterflies. And they have such lovely names.

Lucy said...

Thanks all.
Stitch - absolutely!
Annie's been a bit of a quiet watcher, I think Marly, at least round your way, and I don't think she's been here before... but then she does cite one of her interests as 'being sneaky'!-along with lots of other irrestibly intriguing things. I'm going to get to know her I think, thanks for introducing us.

Mariah said...

This is great info to know.