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 shows Continue reading
Shona tells us:
I went to Badbury Rings yesterday (29/04/2019), and saw this Orange Tip beside the path on the way to the Rings. The Dingy Skipper was in the valley between the Rings. Both are nectaring on Dandelions, which seem to be a popular source of nectar at the moment!
Finally, an Orange Tip prepared to settle so that I could take a photo today, although it was difficult to focus as the wind was quite strong. This was at the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Orchid Field’ in Waterloo Road, Corfe Mullen. [29/04/2019]
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.
Shona sent us these photos of an Orange tip found on 17/04.19 and says:
I had been hoping to take my first ever photos of an Orange Tip this Spring, and on a walk up the footpath beside Badbury Rings this afternoon my wish was granted!
The undersides of this butterfly whether male or female is always such a surprise when seen for the first time. Beautiful!
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
“This female was flying from one stalk of garlic mustard to another, and by the look of her curled-round abdomen in this shot, she was egg-laying, which I didn’t notice at the time, being too taken up with trying to get a photograph of her, I’ll have to go out tomorrow and see if I can find the egg; if it isn’t visible immediately, I’ll try again in a few days, as the eggs turn from white to orange, making them easier to see. I grow garlic mustard, sweet rocket and cuckoo flower (cardamine pratensis) in the hope of encouraging egg-laying, so it’s nice to know it works!”
Olly spotted this freshly emerged Orange tip at Hampreston on 19/04/18. He says he was sorry he didn’t have his camera with him, but this is a great photo taken with his mobile phone.
It is the first photo of an Orange tip submitted to Dorset BC this year, they are a little late due mainly to the bad weather in March and early April.
This is most definitely a male, as the diagnostic orange tips can be seen through the wings. Females have white uppersides and a beautiful green pattern to their underside wings, making them difficult to differentiate from Small and Green-veined Whites when in flight.