Friday, 17 April 2015

Orange Tip Emerges

The Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

This species is starting to emerge now and as always is very flighty initially and not easy to approach. The males especially are on the move most of the time looking for females.  So far I have only seen one female and three males at various locations. I found that the most likely time that the male pitches for any length of time was later in the afternoon. Even so that was for seconds only and that was on dandelion flowers. The Cuckoo Flower 'Lady's Smock' (one of its favourite food plants) is not out yet. So if you see one, good luck taking a photograph.






22 comments:

  1. Saw my first one 2 days ago... lovely little flutters and, as you say, never stay still... so well done you for getting such good pics, Roy.... :)

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  2. Well done Roy...you got it!! I saw my first one of the year a couple of days ago and only managed a quick snap/record shot before it was up and away!...maybe next time?...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, they will slow up eventually and then we will be able to get some better detailed shots, hopefully.{:))

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  3. Brilliant shots Roy. Have a lovely weekend.

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  4. Ha! I've only ever got a couple of not very good shots from about 4 feet, they are much too flighty. The females are stiller however. You did so well to get a really good pic.

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  5. Hey Roy... Just stunning shot's! Looks like you had good luck with this one :). How many does this make you under your belt for this season? ;)

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, I think its eight species now.

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  6. Oh, Roy, what engaging photos of this sweet little butterfly! Yay, spring! Well worth the wait.

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  7. Nicely done, Roy. Those are lovely photos.

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  8. Well done on getting that image, they are so difficult to catch on camera!

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  9. Well done Roy, OT's are always a great test of patience and perseverance and you have got some great pics :-)

    Kindest regards

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  10. A good selection of shots from a quick trigger finger there Roy.

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    1. Thanks John.
      Its had plenty of practice John.{:))

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