view of an Orange Tip female nectaring on a Cuckoo flower showing upper wings

Orange Tip. Photo: Alison Copland

Alison photographed this lovely Orange Tip female on 4/05/18 at Lytchett Matravers.

This one is nectaring on Cuckoo flowers which is one of the favourite foodplants of the Orange Tip caterpillar and one which this female is likely to have laid eggs on.

The Orange-tip is a true sign of spring, being one of the first species to emerge that has not overwintered as an adult.

This year they were about three weeks late emerging in many counties . They can be found in late march early April in good years and there can be no nicer sight than that of the bright orange tipped wings of the males patrolling woodland paths searching for newly emerged females.

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