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May 13, 2013 9:33 PM

Butterfly

Can anyone tell me what species of butterfly this is please

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    May 13, 2013 9:50 PM (in response to gypsy)
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    Hi,

    lovely picture! This is an Orange Tip, Anthocharis cardamines, butterfly. From the tiny hint of orange just visible it is probably a male. The specific name of cardamines refers to the fact that the food plant for the caterpillars is Cardamine pratensis - a common plant of damp grassland, amongst other things.

     

    I'm still waiting to see my first one for this year...

     

    Jen

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        May 14, 2013 6:17 AM (in response to gypsy)
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        ...One of my favourite butterflies, and always a special joy to see the first one each spring.

         

        Growing up in the UK, one gets used to our particular butterflies, and the fact that some are quite distinct - such as small copper, purple emperor, and orange-tip.

         

        I have lived abroad twice (currently in Cyprus), and that does change one's perspective - reminding one that the butterflies that occur in the UK are but a sample of the wider range of species.

        For instance, over here we have the cleopatra, essentially a brimstone with orange patches on the yellow wings - dazzling. The only orange-tip that occurs here is the same as the UK one, and still delights me. But further afield, there are other orange-tips, such as the Moroccan orange-tip - http://lepidoptera.pro/taxonomy/8821

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocharis

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