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Mark visited Motcombe Meadows on 25/04/19 and although overcast and windy he found this delightful scene.
An Orange-tip and a Green-veined White sharing a Lady’s Smock flower where an Orange-tip has laid a tiny orange egg.
This egg would have been a whitish colour when it was first laid a few days ago, before turning bright orange. Green-veined White eggs are whitish when laid and do not change colour.
This Green-veined White was photographed at Lodmoor by Penny on 28/06/18.
This is a common butterfly of damp grassland and woodland rides and is often mistaken for its cousin, the Small White. It can be found from spring through to autumn in parks and gardens, as well as less-urban areas such as meadows and woodland rides. The so-called green veins on the underside of the adults are, in fact, an illusion created by a subtle combination of yellow and black scales.
Mike photographed this late flying Green-veined White at Southbourne Undercliff on 5/11/17.
Whites can be quite confusing to ID, but the black markings on the tips of the fore-wing establishes this butterfly as a Green-veined White given the time of year it was seen.
Similar species are female Orange Tip, and Small White. However all have very different underside patterns which when seen makes for easier ID.
Text books suggest in England this butterfly has two broods, April-May and mid June-July, but that further south in Europe it has 2-4 overlapping broods March-October.
Does this suggest that this butterfly could be an immigrant?
Seen in Bournemouth Gardens on 20/07/2017
Beautiful markings which can be quite variable. This fresh looking specimen would be from the second brood which is approximately mid June to July in the UK
Penny did well to catch these two Green-veined Whites in Bournemouth Gardens on 20/07/2017. She is probably right in thinking the female is in a mating refusal posture. Some butterfly species have evolved this behaviour so that when the female is already mated she refuses the male, allowing her to get on with laying her fertilised eggs. This is done by her holding her wings wide open and raising her abdomen almost to a vertical position, often with the genitalia extruded.
A lovely shot from Penny, taken at Sharford Bridge (north of Corfe Castle) on 21 May. This butterfly is most easily identified from its underwing, but notice how the veins are more prominent on the upper wings than they are on the Large or Small White.
This was taken on 08/04/2017 close to the Avon Causeway. Mel says it was having a snack after a territorial battle with an Orange Tip.
A pair of Green-veined Whites at Sandford Heath on 10/07/2016, thanks to Penny Hawes for her lovely photograph.
Gorgeous shot of a Green-veined White on a bluebell, taken on 20 May on the Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve at Kingcombe in West Dorset. Apologies to Rex for taking so long to put it up – it slipped through the net.