Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Orange-tip Butterfly

The first Orange-tip Butterfly Anthocharis cardamines hibernica of the year that I have seen, emerged in my garden this afternoon.  It has been over two weeks since I had my first Tortoiseshell and Brimstones.  So it was a pleasant surprise to come across this little beauty as I was trying to photograph the first Willow Warbler of the year in my garden, along with the singing male Blackcap and Chiffchaff.  Orang-tip butterflies coincide their emergence with the bloom of the Cuckoo Flower.  This is one of their principal sources of nectar and they also lay their eggs on this plant.

Male Orange-tip Butterfly

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