view of a male Orange Tip with partially opened wings nectaring on Dog Violets

Orange Tip, Photo: Mel Bray

Mel saw this beautiful freshly emerged male Orange Tip on 22/04/18 at Queen’s Copse, Horton.

He commented that this was one of two males patrolling the same territory. Orange Tips are a little late emerging this year due to the cold , wet weather, but should now be seen on sunny days until June.

The female lays her tiny orange eggs on hedge garlic, cuckoo flowers,  honesty or tower rock cress, the caterpillar foodplant.

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