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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2023 at 10:53    Image of day on 01 Jun 2023

An Orange-tip butterfly feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers. Only the male has the orange tip to the white top of the wing. Both sexes share the intricate green and white pattern on the underside of all 4 wings. An absolute delight!


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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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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 13:47    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.
In this image the Orange-tip Butterfly is nearly upside down showing us the marvellous green tracery that appears on only the underside of the rear wings.


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 12:51    Image of day on 18 May 2019

Here is the male Orange-tip Butterfly in flight, showing the upper surface of the far wing, and wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the near wing.


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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 28 Apr 2023 at 12:55    Image of day on 09 Jun 2023

Garlic Mustard has just started flowering, and here at least it is the favourite food of Orange tip butterflies. Here we catch a male (only males have the orange tips) with wings both open and closed, showing the entirely different appearances


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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). 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 01 May 2023 at 16:32    Image of day on 18 Jun 2023

A male Orange-tip Butterfly perched on a three-leafed 'hand' of Blackberry Leaves.


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