The Brimstone Butterfly
Look out now for this wonderful large sized lemon-yellow Butterfly
When seen at rest amongst foliage its wings almost resemble leaves
Found all over UK but less common in Ireland and rare in Scotland
Its favoured habitat is scrubby grassland and woodland and this butterfly can often be seen flying alongside verges and hedgerows
Its larvae feed on leaves of Buckthorn and Alder Buckthorn which are found on moist acid soils and wetlands
It is thought that the yellow colour of the male Brimstone’s wings inspired the name ‘butter-fly’!!