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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cuckoos Orange Tips and Green Vein Whites

The Cuckoo Flower or Lady's Smock Cardamine pratensis soon if already not upon us we will be heralding the emergence of the early Spring Butterfly The Orange Tip Cuckoo Flower. These early Spring Barssicaes are bread and butter for this species. The flowers are produced on a spike 10-30 cm long, each flower 1-2 cm diameter with four pale pink petals and is found close to water and marsh water.

Cuckoo Flower 8516 

The Male 1553 Orange Tip Butterfly Anthocharis cardamines Family Pieridae
 is much more colourful than the plainer white female as can be seen in this pair below

Orange Tip Pair 38045

The Orange Tip is readily distinguished from the similar Green Veined White by its mottles underdside as seen below. The one below is seen nectarring on Garlic Mustard another early Spring Brassiccaeae
Orange Tip Butterfly 4447

Orange Tip 36100

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