Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

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Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:01 pm

Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Week 12 – Wishing one and all a Very Happy Christmas and a butterfly filled New Year! :D

Please could I ask that everyone waits until a topic has been opened by me for a particular species before posting photos? Of course our overseas members are very welcome to fill in the obvious gaps relating to rare UK migrants. As like last year details of locations, dates, times and circumstances would be welcome as would any accompanying stories and anecdotes or other observations of behaviour and interesting other points.

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Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby petesmith » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:01 pm

This is a personal favourite of mine from this year - the serious photographers will slate this for its black background, but I like the way it captures a moment of "butterfly love" in the bottom of my Lincolnshire garden hedgerow this April...

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Postby bugboy » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:23 pm

It's a rare Orange-tip indeed that escapes me when I have my camera in hand, I get a little obsessed with them so I had a ball with them this year when they had a really good season. Picking out a single image invariably proves impossible though so here's a selection...

This dew covered gem was my first one of the season, one of only 3 butterflies I saw all day on a mostly dreary, grey day. The other two being a Peacock flyby and a Large Tortoiseshell...
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Their early appearance this year meant I had several encounters of them feeding on Blackthorn blossom, something usually long gone during their more normal flight period
Orange-tip male, Bookham Commons.JPG

a few other shots on my springtime wanderings
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Orange-tip male, Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve.JPG

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Orange-tip male, Walthamstow Marshes.JPG


With so many about I came across several courting pairs (well the male thought it was courting, the females had other ideas)
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Orange-tip's courting, Bookham Commons.JPG

And I finally broke my duck and found mating pairs :D
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Postby downland boy » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:53 pm

The sun had just gone in and I came across this Orange-tip sitting on a bluebell, just waiting to be photographed.


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Postby Goldie M » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:59 pm

One of my favourite photos was also an Orange Tip on a Bluebell taken at Fleetwood on the 4th May, my other two photos were taken in April on the 18th/22nd one at HLB the other at Yarrow Valley Park Goldie :D
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Postby IanGD » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:34 pm

I like this one because he is displaying a bit of both sides of the wings.
I caught up with him while he rested from feeding in a wild patch of my north Essex garden.

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Postby Padfield » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:07 am

Intruding on an intimate moment ...

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Postby MikeOxon » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:40 pm

This is the first of these 'weeks' when I am able to post photos of all three of the selected species. I must make a resolution to get out a bit more, next year.

My Orange Tip photo is selected from some I took at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve, early in the season, when it was such a pleasure to see the Spring species on the wing :)

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Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon - 26th March 2017
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Postby Allan.W. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:53 pm

These two shots were taken along the Royal Military canal bank at Kenardington (Kent) a spot I visited numerous times during the season ,for the butterflies and the dragonflies ,a lovely site !
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Postby Vince Massimo » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:15 pm

My favourite of the year was of a larva that had just moulted into its 5th instar.

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Orange-tip larva - Crawley, Sussex 30-April-2017


The old head capsule is an interesting feature, as it is showing its inner surface.

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Postby Chris Jackson » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:39 pm

Excellent photo, Vince. I take my hat off to you :D

My photo is from the South of France on 10th April - a female on our local host plant, Arabis sp. possibly Arabis turrita:
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Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Neil Freeman » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:37 pm

Can you have too many Orange-tip photos?...a question that I saw asked a couple of times back in the spring.

Absolutely not.

So here is a selection from the many that I took this year during a few weeks in April when there seemed to be loads around my patch :D

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Orange-tip - Castle Hills 18.04.2017


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Orange-tip - Castle Hills 18.04.2017


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Two males sharing a cuckoo flower - Castle Hills 18.04.2017


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Orange-tip & Primrose - Snitterfiled Bushes 19.04.2017


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Orange-tip female - Coverdale 18.04.2017


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Postby millerd » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:36 pm

So many to choose from a lovely species that just isn't around for long enough. However, the undersides always provide good opportunities, and it can be magical to walk along a sheltered path at dusk in the springtime spotting roosting Orange Tips dotted around the garlic mustard and cow parsley flowers. There are always more than I think there will be! They were out at the end of March this year, and well established by the time this was taken on 6th April.
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Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:30 pm

Orange-tip

This was taken during one my trips to visit my Out-laws up at Aberaeron. The girls were playing in the park and so I took a stroll along the river hoping for a glimpse of a Dipper. It wasn’t to be but it got even better with a pair of OTs. The female was boldly marked and also very disinterested in the males advances. This shot was taken of the male after he’d finally gotten the message.

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Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby David M » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:15 pm

Pleased to say I had a good year with this species in 2017.

I saw my first locally on 6th April and then 2 days later, spent a wonderful hour or so at a recently managed clearing at Cwm Ivy where males spent considerable time feeding from the blackthorn blossom:

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