Friday, 11 June 2010

A Brimstone in Esholt

The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) is a rare butterfly in the Bradford area, so when I passed one in Esholt today, I jumped out of the car and took a photograph with my BlackBerry.
The male butterfly was nectaring on Rhododendron flowers at the western approach to Esholt Sewage Works. I'm rapidly having to revise my opinion of Rhododendrons which I had previously held to be useless for wildlife.
I know where Alder Buckthorns (Frangula alnus) have been planted in the sewage works so I will be looking for caterpillars over the next couple of months.

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