Tucking away the Orange .. Enjoying the sun ..

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So named because of the male's bright orange tips to his forewings. The males are a common sight in spring flying along hedgerows and damp meadows in search of the more reclusive female which lacks the orange and is often mistaken for one of the other 'White' butterflies.

The undersides are mottled green and white and create a superb camouflage when settled on flowerheads such as Cow Parsley and Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata. The male is able to hide his orange tips by tucking the forwings behind the hindwings at rest. If you look closely at the mottling you will see that the green colour is in fact made up of a mixture of black and yellow scales. It is found across Europe, and eastwards into temperate Asia as far as Japan.

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Comments (74)

Gustavo V on May 9, 2012

Excelente macro!!!


Saludos, Gustavo

aprose60 on May 13, 2012

Wow !!!! there is a special shot, so wonderful. Bravo..I like

sogesehen on May 14, 2012

wow F7 L49 Manfred

Antony B. on May 18, 2012

* Exquisite Macro-photo and the colors of butterfly and flower,L+FV.Antony B.*

K@rin on May 19, 2012

Hello Gustavo, Aprose welcome, Manfred and Antony thanks for the very lovely comments, likes and YS ! best wishes to you all


mimmo valenti on May 20, 2012

Only if you love nature you can grasp it's beauty


Greetings Mimmo

RedsN on May 21, 2012

Good shot! LIKE

Ciao, Reds

Grzegorz Gust on May 24, 2012

Like + Favorites ;) Greetings ;)

thor@odin™ on May 29, 2012

A full pleasure it is to watch this photo dear K@rin Y*+like Best wishes, Peter

Cri Photo on May 30, 2012

Hi Karin a wonderful macro!!! YSL. I wish you a wonderful time with great moments to capture. Best greetings from Cri

Antonina Cherpak on June 13, 2012

very beautiful macro! like!

K@rin on June 19, 2012

hello dear Friends thanks for the very lovely comments and likes,



GUCIO special thanks for FAV also

PETER thanks a lot also for YS , am a bit behind in reply and visits ..

Dear Cri thanks a lot for the YSL

Antonina thanks

best wishes to you all !

zy ko on July 11, 2012

Beautiful macro! L Greetings! zyko

K@rin on July 17, 2012

hello Zyko thanks for the beautiful compliment and like, best wishes to you

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 26, 2012
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    by K@rin
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/04/22 14:47:35
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash