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Male Orange Tip

Male Orange Tip
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Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 30] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 13:08
Viewed: 3274
Points: 2
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I found this male orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines) resting on a plant. It was cool and the plant was shaded so the butterfly was very approachable.

Orange tips are widespread and relatively common in the English countryside. The larval food plants include Ladies Smock, Garlic Mustard and other members of the crucifer family.

The males patrol along the edges of woods and hedgerows looking for females, who tend to hide up in vegetation. The bright orange tips to the males wings warn predators that it tastes awful, the result of the caterpillar storing mustard oils from the plants they feed on.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-16 7:21]

Hi Steve,
Beautiful capture in excellent close up.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Have a nice weekend,

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