Brimstone

You can't miss the illuminous yellow-green wings of this large butterfly. Look out for it in scrubby grassland and woodland throughout the year on warm days. Brimstone Facts: • They over-winter (hibernate) as adults so are often the first butterflies to be seen in spring. • Their leaf-like wings help to camouflage them during the winter while they hibernate, often in ivy. • It is thought that the bright yellow colour of the brimstone may in fact be where we get the word 'butterfly', deriving from 'butter-coloured fly'. • ’Brimstone’ is one of the oldest butterfly names, appearing in 1695 and probably being used before that. • Their presence in a garden was once thought to be a precursor to rain...
Brimstone
Streatham Common
Lambeth
April 23, 2021