Brimstone butterfly

BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
Just had my first ever brimstone butterfly come into the garden twice even though it didn't settle. Chuffed to bits love bees and butterflies. Planted 5 buddleia this spring 

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  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Never seen a male my way in Birmingham. Seen 2 females though so they are about, I had a real rarety last year though. It was beautiful and rested on a bishop of Llandaff dahlia
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,344
    How wonderful to see these Brimstone butterflies in your garden OldAm, if there is one, there should be more soon.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Hope so they are beautiful 
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    If you want more, plant a purging buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). Total brimstone-magnet as their caterpillars feed on it. And dandelions are good for attracting brimstones in in the first place!
  • edited 11 May
    Rhamnus cathartica likes alkaline or neutral soil. If you have acid soil then plant its other foodplant, Alder Buckthorn, Frangula alnus. They both need to be in sun and sheltered from the wind to be attractive to the butterflies.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    I had (and indeed have in my new garden) both, and they only went for the purging one. Maybe that's the first choice if it's available, else they'll take the other?
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