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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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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2020 at 12:24    Image of day on 18 May 2020

The insect on the right shows the Proboscis partially coiled.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2022 at 13:33    Image of day on 08 Jun 2022

Whoops!
The male Orange-tip Butterfly woos a female Small White butterfly. They spend about a minute fluttering around each other before they spot their mistake and part 'amicably'.


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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2020 at 12:23    Image of day on 18 May 2020

Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) is a generous nectar provider, and the orange-tip Butterflies make the most of it.


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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2022 at 13:47    Image of day on 29 May 2022

This male Orange-tip butterfly is feeding on a Garlic Mustard flower. This plant is where the females lay their eggs so that it acts as the food plant for the caterpillars, but the Butterflies feed on any flower they can manage.


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Image Taken on 07 May 2020 at 10:54    Image of day on 02 Jun 2020

A male Orange tip butterfly feeding on the flower of its caterpillar's food plant, the Garlic Mustard.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2022 at 16:27    Image of day on 08 Jun 2022

This has been a great year for seeing Orange-tip butterflies, possible because the area is now 'infested' with Garlic Mustard 'weeds'. Garlic Mustard is the caterpillars food plant (so where the females lay their eggs) but they also feed on the flowers as well as those of Dandelions and most other flowers.
This pic catches the insects proboscis curving round into a flower, and also shows the very different top and bottom of the wing. The green tracery on the bottom of the wing is absolutely beautiful, and provides good camouflage when resting in foliage with the wings closed upwards.


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Image Taken on 06 May 2022 at 13:31    Image of day on 13 Jun 2022

An Orange-tip Butterfly feeding of the (blue!) flowers of Green Alkanet. The insects Proboscis extends right to left from the insects head, down the edge of the petal and then into the flower.
Enjoy the intricate green on white pattern on the lower surface of the wings.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2017 at 13:32    Image of day on 13 Jun 2017

An orange-tip butterfly with its uncurled figure-of-eight proboscis down in the nectar of the Green Alkanet flower.


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Image Taken on 14 May 2019 at 17:34    Image of day on 17 Jun 2019

Orange-tip butterflies often feed on Garlic Mustard flowers - the same plants on which the females lay their eggs, but for 'fuelling' purposes Orange-tip Butterflies will use any suitable source of nectar - here the flower of the 'dreaded' Ground Ivy.


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2019 at 11:18    Image of day on 18 May 2019

The caterpillar food plant of Orange-tip Butterflies is Garlic Mustard, and we have managed to allow quite a lot of this to grow. So this year we are seeing more than our usual '1 or 2' adults. Although the females lay on garlic Mustard, the adults will sip nectar from other flowers, and this Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) is one of their favourites. Notice the proboscis curved round into the flower.


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Image Taken on 07 May 2021 at 10:14    Image of day on 08 Jun 2021

The Orange-tip butterflies are still enjoying the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower). Garlic Mustard is starting to flower - the females will need this for laying their eggs.


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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2021 at 13:41    Image of day on 12 May 2021

A male Orange-tip Butterfly feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower).
The pattern at the tops of the orange patch seem to be atypically dark.


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Image Taken on 30 May 2021 at 15:55    Image of day on 25 Jun 2021

The Orange-tip butterflies seem to have been around FAR longer than usual. Normally for 2 or 3 weeks. Our first record is 17 April 2021, so we have been seeing them for 6 weeks. They don't even look 'tatty'.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2009 at 13:45    Image of day on 16 May 2009

Only the orange tip butterfly male (shown here) sports the orange tip that gives the species it's name. The female does share the delicate green tracery with her mate.


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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2020 at 12:25    Image of day on 18 May 2020

Here the male Orange-tip Butterfly is backing away from the flower, his Proboscis still extended.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 11:29    Image of day on 25 Jun 2021

A male Orange-tip butterfly flies by giving us a good view of the top of the wings. Only the males show the orange tips.


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