The Orange-tip


 Orange Tip Butterfly
Male Orange-tip Butterfly, Chorlton, Manchester

One of the more colourful early spring butterflies usually seen on Cuckoo flower or Garlic Mustard (or in this case Dandelion). The bright orange tips of the males makes them unmistakable however as soon as a cloud drifts across the sun the butterfly disappears into the background.

 Underwing of a male Orange Tip Butterfly
Underwing of a male Orange-tip Butterfly, Chorlton, Manchester
Notoriously difficult to photograph, especially on a sunny day when the males spend most of the time patrolling the hedgerows looking out for newly emerged females, the best approach is to wait until there’s a bit of cloud about. Once they’ve found somewhere to rest they will rely upon their camouflage and allow close up views until the sun reappears.
Orange Tip Butterfly -close up

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