Underwings of a white butterfly with mottled green marking on the hindwings

Orange Tip female. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Lyn says:

“This female was flying from one stalk of garlic mustard to another, and by the look of her curled-round abdomen in this shot, she was egg-laying, which I didn’t notice at the time, being too taken up with  trying to get a photograph of her, I’ll have to go out tomorrow and see if I can find the egg; if it isn’t visible immediately, I’ll try again in a few days, as the eggs turn from white to orange, making them easier to see. I grow garlic mustard, sweet rocket and cuckoo flower (cardamine pratensis) in the hope of encouraging egg-laying, so it’s nice to know it works!”

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