view of an Orange Tipshowing a glimpse of the green patterned underside of hind-wing

Orange Tip. Photo: Nicki Maslen

view of amale Orange tip  alighting on a cuckoo flower

Orange Tip. Photo: Nicki Maslen

Nicki saw this beautiful Male Orange tip while recording for RSPB Weymouth on the Weymouth Relief Road on 5/05/18.

The Cuckoo flowers it is visiting is one of the favourite caterpillar foodplants, and one the female lays her eggs on. Hedge Garlic and Honesty are two more .

This species overwinters as a chrysalis and the adult butterflies emerge in late March in good years and can be seen on the wing until June.

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