We asked you recently to paint Dorset yellow by reporting Brimstones – now we want you to look out for Orange Tips as well! The map showswhere this species have been reported in the current five-year recording cycle, and we’d love to plug the gaps, as this is the final year.
Remember it is only the male Orange Tip which has orange tips to its wings: the female does not. They are both, however, mottled green on their rear underwings.
The Dorset coverage so far of Orange Tips is only 36%, when we could expect to see them in the majority of kilometre squares in the County.
Plants on which the females to lay their eggs include the wild flowers garlic mustard and cuckoo flower, plus the garden plants Sweet Rocket and Honesty, so look out for these: where females go, males follow.