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Butterflies Page 14

Image Taken on 17 Apr 2021 at 16:06    Image of day on 12 May 2021

Normally we see female Orange-tip Butterflies a week or two after the first see the males, but this year we saw first emergence at the same time. The females don't have the orange tip, but still have the delicate green tracery under the wing that you can JUST see showing through as a green haze on the rear wings. The Green tracery is present on the males as well but the picture of the male above wasn't optimised to show it.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2008 at 12:08    Image of day on 02 Jun 2008

This is an orange-tip butterfly - the female has no orange tip but the beautiful green and white mottled underwing is the giveaway. Haven't seen a male for a week or two.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 11:31    Image of day on 25 Jun 2021

Another flyby by this male Orange-tip butterfly shows you the underside of the insect including the intricate green lacework that provides disguise (on both sexes) when the wings are closed.

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Image Taken on 11 May 2009 at 13:49    Image of day on 03 Jun 2009

Wow - an orange tip actually stopped flying long enough to get a pic 'in the field'!

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Image Taken on 16 May 2016 at 10:36    Image of day on 25 Jun 2016

A male Orange Tip butterfly perched on some fresh Blackberry leaves.

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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2011 at 16:12    Image of day on 22 May 2011

A pair of orange tip butterflies spent a couple of minutes fluttering round each other (very hard to photo) and then the female landed on the grass path and the male made his intentions excitably clear. Here one moment from the action - they flew off together & we lost sight of them in the undergrowth.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2020 at 12:52    Image of day on 01 May 2020

2 days later presumably a different couple of Orange-tip Butterfly 'getting to know each other'.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2020 at 14:55    Image of day on 01 May 2020

All this chasing girls is hard work.
Here a male Orange-tip Butterfly refuels on what we think is a Ground Ivy flower.

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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 13:03    Image of day on 18 May 2019

We caught another male Orange-tip Butterfly on this day, so took the opportunity to show you female (left) and male Orange-tip Butterflies, so you can compare.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 14:18    Image of day on 16 Jul 2014

Top right is the Male Orange-tip butterfly, together with an image of the female and a flowering Garlic Mustard - one of their favourite plants for egg laying which we encourage down our trackway edge. We would love to have caught this setup 'for real' but it's hard enough getting a decent image of one insect in flight at a time, so this is a montage of 3 images to illustrate what we see in the wild.

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Image Taken on 08 May 2018 at 12:52    Image of day on 22 Jun 2018

Here is a female Orange-tip Butterfly (without the orange tips) sipping delicately from a Garlic Mustard flower.
This plant is the food plant of the Orange-tip caterpillar, so she is probably attracted to the smell of them, although she can feed on other flowers.

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Image Taken on 19 May 2019 at 13:28    Image of day on 22 Jun 2019

We tend to mostly notice the male Orange Tip Butterflies, so catching this female (no orange!) feeding on a ground ivy flower was worth a pic.

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2011 at 15:44    Image of day on 09 May 2011

A female Orange-tip butterfly (which doesn't have the orange tips so obvious in the male) on some of our Lady's smock (Cuckoo flower) flowers they like so much.

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Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 12:45    Image of day on 21 Jun 2012

The only freshly emerged butterflies at the moment are orange tips. They don't seem to feed to on buttercups but fly over them on the way to their regular food plants.

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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 12:58    Image of day on 18 May 2019

This is a FEMALE Orange-tip Butterfly - which doesn't have even a trace of the orange wing tips, but has a similar wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the wing.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:28    Image of day on 02 May 2011

Caught in a sheltered corner on a sunny but cold day this is the first time we have photographed a female Orange-tip butterfly flight before. What does she lack - the orange tip! You are seeing her slightly from the rear with her head lower left. The pretty flower is called 'Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower)' - it seeds freely and our site is every increasingly awash with it!

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:34    Image of day on 02 May 2011

Here she is standing on more of the same flower.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2021 at 15:10    Image of day on 12 May 2021

A few days later this female Orange-tip Butterfly was resting on a Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower-head, wings fully folded so we get a great view of the wonderful green tracery.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 14:16    Image of day on 16 Jul 2014

This is a female Orange-tip Butterfly, who lacks the orange tip! This one has been bird pecked, but you can enjoy the intricate pattern on the rear wing underside (only) and the patch of the same pattern on underside edge of the forewings so that the disguise with wings vertical is complete.

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Image Taken on 06 May 2011 at 14:44    Image of day on 10 Jun 2011

We don't ever remember such a good numbers or duration of Orange-tip butterflies. Now the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) has finished this now slightly tatty individual is feeding mainly on the Ground Elder.

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