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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 14:56    Image of day on 02 May 2011

And this a male in all his glory, seeing the bottom of the wings (what you see when the wings are folded vertical). The green and white tracery on both sexes is really beautiful, but somehow set off even better by the orange coloured tip.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 13:42    Image of day on 27 May 2017

On an unusually warm Spring day we only managed to catch 3 male orange-tip Butterflies, just one of which was obliging enough to fly through our IR trigger beam while still in the photo-frame.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 14:44    Image of day on 25 Jun 2010

The Cuckoo Flower (lady's smock (cuckoo flower)) has almost finished, and the Red campion is now the Orange-tip butterfly's preferred fuel. This male is a bit tatty but still lovely and flying well.

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Image Taken on 26 May 2016 at 18:22    Image of day on 08 Jul 2016

A male Orange-tip butterfly just suns himself on some sunshine catching fresh Blackberry leaves.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2018 at 17:47    Image of day on 22 Jun 2018

Male Orange-tip Butterflies appear about a week before the females.
Here is a male tanking-up on a Bluebell flower.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 14:14    Image of day on 27 May 2017

This individual Orange-tip Butterfly just wouldn't fly in our kit, but while perched on a soft artists paint brush he gave us a good view of his proboscis curled up in the manner that it is stored between feeds. We have inserted a primrose leaf to mostly hide the bristles of the brush - the double edge effect on the leaf is real - not some 'photoshopping' artefact.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2010 at 16:46    Image of day on 21 May 2010

Roy's favourite butterfly put in the first appearance of the year on what here is it's favourite flower - the Cuckoo flower, also called Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower)

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Image Taken on 01 May 2015 at 12:40    Image of day on 28 Jun 2015

Orange-tip butterflies are restless little souls who hardly ever stop their erratic flight. But they do need to refuel sometimes - this one on the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (aka Cuckoo Flower). The red wing tip appear only on the males, but the intricate green tracery (you can't see here) on the other side of the wing decorates both sexes.

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Image Taken on 05 May 2015 at 12:13    Image of day on 28 Jun 2015

We see Orange-tip butterflies on most outings at the moment when the sun is out. It is usually the males we see because they are out 'hunting' for females and only they have the bright orange tips. But we see the odd female so the males are presumably not left disappointed.

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Image Taken on 15 May 2015 at 12:48    Image of day on 08 Jul 2015

A favourite butterfly is the Orange-Tip, and here is one using its underwing camouflage to great effect. We had trouble find it even though we saw it land only a few metres away. This is the male with the upper wing tip bright orange, but folded out of sight. You can just make out an orange tinge near the back top of the upper wing, but the disguise is near complete.

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Image Taken on 03 May 2018 at 15:57    Image of day on 07 Jun 2018

This orange tip is newly emerged and flutters seemingly non-stop in search of a mate. Only the male has the gorgeous orange tips, but both sexes have the beautiful green and white patterning over the underneath of the rear wings, and along the edge of the forewing which perfectly lines up when the insect closes it's wings. Amazing!

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2012 at 16:28    Image of day on 26 May 2012

An Orange-tip butterfly feeding on a Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower.
Where's the 'orange' bit then? Like many sexually dimorphic species, the orange tips to the wings are on the males only - this is a female.

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Image Taken on 19 May 2014 at 17:27    Image of day on 23 Jul 2014

A pair of Orange-tip butterflies courting in the evening sunshine.
A mostly accurate montage to convey the action as they spiraled upwards.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2017 at 12:32    Image of day on 21 Jun 2017

The Orange-tip butterfly season seems have lasted unusually well this year. This is the head-on view of a male perched on a fallen Dandelion 'clock'. You can see the orange glow between the wing tips.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2017 at 12:34    Image of day on 21 Jun 2017

Here a male orange-tip with wings spread in the sunshine. You can just see the wonderful green tracery showing through from the other side of his rear wings.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2006 at 12:39    Image of day on 05 Aug 2006

Teasels are now spikily rampant and many are flowering in their unusual rings of florets. The Painted Lady is a summer visitor that have only been common here in the last few years. Here two are refuelling on the nectar.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2009 at 10:46    Image of day on 23 Sep 2009

This painted lady dipped into successive florets (single flowers in a group) on a teasel, dipping into 1 a couple of times - it may be more random than it looks. Anyway, in a single sequence of 3 seconds here are the dips into 3 little fuel stores.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2014 at 12:42    Image of day on 05 Oct 2014

A painted Lady Butterfly feeding on a Teasel flower head.
"We didn't see one of those last year" we said.
We looked in our database and we found that it has been not 1 but 4 years - last recorded in 2009.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:52    Image of day on 05 Oct 2015

Our first sighting of a Painted Lady Butterfly this year, and in fact our first record at all since a large influx in 2009.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2009 at 10:37    Image of day on 23 Aug 2009

After a years absence we are seeing the migrant painted lady butterfly this year. Most are rather tatty and faded but this individual was still in good condition. The Soldier Beetles on the thistle spent all 45 minutes of the photo-shoot mating in happy oblivion!

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