Orange Tip
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Great Yeldham
Male. 10 April 2014
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Fleam Dyke, Cambs.
Female. 17 April 2011
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Fleam Dyke, Cambs.
Female. 17 April 2011
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Great Yeldham
Male. 23 April 2011
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Great Yeldham
Male. 24 April 2011
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Great Yeldham
Male. 29 April 2010
Orange Tip
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Roseland House
Male. 1 May 2013
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Great Yeldham
17 May 2011
Orange Tip
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Roseland House
Male. 19 May 2013
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Great Yeldham
Male. 21 May 2010
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Great Yeldham
1 June 2011
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Great Yeldham
1 June 2012
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Garlic Mustard at Fleam Dyke
21 April 2011

The Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines

The Orange-tip is a fairly common butterfly in spring and early summer, with the first few emerging in March in a warm spring.
They are common in late April on Fleam Dyke, especialy at the Balsham end on large sheltered patches of Garlic Mustard.

There is just one brood per year. The larval foodplants are Ladies Smock (wild at Roseland House) and Garlic Mustard, common beside hedges and in light woodland.
This species over-winters as a pupa which hatches in the following spring.

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External links to Orange-tip pages: British Butterflies by Steven Cheshire . UK Butterflies by Peter Eeles
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Adults in flight: MOST SEEN on ANY ONE DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Orange-tip sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 1 2 4 6 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 3 2 4 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Adults in flight: AVERAGE SIGHTINGS PER COUNTING DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Orange-tip sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.         All species
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0.2 2.0 3.0 3.3 1.8 1.5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 4.0 3.1 3.1 0.8 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 2.6 2.8 2.0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0.5 1.0 2.4 2.0 1.6 0.9 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July, mostly very warm. August, warm.
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