Monday, 3 April 2017

Orange-tips and Green-veined Whites

Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines
I have been enjoying the early emergence of butterflies. On March 30 and 31 I visited a new site, North Stoke, where Neil Hulme had photographed a Large Tortoiseshell two days before. As this butterfly is officially extinct in the U.K. this has generated excitement in the local butterfly community and I met friends who have also been tempted to this local site.
There were plenty of Orange-tips, the heralds of Spring, and Green-veined Whites.
Dark-edged Bee-fly, Bombylius major

Green-veined White, Pieris napi

ground beetle, 25mm long
white Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis

Orange Cups, Melastiza cornubiensis

Orange Cups


Orange-tip on Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni

Comma, Polygonia c-album

my first Bluebell of the season, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Cuckoo flower

Peacock, Inachis io

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae

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