Wednesday 20 April 2016

Orange-tips, Green-veined, Large & Small Whites

Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines
Today I headed to Five Oaks for some Orange-tip therapy. On the way a Red Kite floated overhead. The lanes were bordered by swathes of Cuckoo Flower so I was hopeful that the blue sky would ensure plenty of butterfly activity. As soon as I arrived two male Orange-tips fluttered by. A female then turned up and a male immediately pounced on her, but she was having none of it and went down among the flowers. In a couple of hours I had 20+ OT sightings. Some were probably the same ones hunting up and down the lane searching for females, which were in short supply. I also saw a female Large White, a female Small White and a male Green-veined White. Plus a female and plenty of male Brimstones. There were Celandines, Greater Stitchwort, Bluebells, Anemones, Primroses and banks of Cuckoo Flower to give a lovely palette.
Cuckoo Flower and Bluebells, 
Primroses, Primula vulgaris
Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta
partially albino Bluebell
female Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
female Brimstone

Cuckoo Flower, Celandines and Bluebells
Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
Greater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
Green-veined White, Pieris napi
female Large White, Pieris brassicae
female Large White

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria
Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines

Small White ♀, Pieris rapae
babbling brook

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