Cleopatra - Gonepteryx cleopatra

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The Cleopatra butterfly replaces the familiar brimstone in the south of Europe. The male is easily distinguished in flight by the flame orange colouring on the forewings. This is never visible at rest but I was lucky enough to catch one as it took off (sheer chance).Pictures.The female is more like a brimstone female but generally brighter ; sometimes there is a yellow streak visible in the cell on the underside of the forewing.Pictures. In some parts of Europe, yellow females, like male brimstones fly. Click here to see a yellow female from Greece.