LADY OF THE WOODS

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The con­sum­mate spring but­ter­fly, the male Or­ange-tip, hur­tles through the Bri­tish coun­try­side, hell­bent on track­ing down mates. The fe­male lacks the male’s fiery forewing and is more clan­des­tine, skulk­ing among bushes for hours each day. But when the ‘lady of the woods’ takes to the air, she is sim­i­larly pur­pose­ful, beat­ing rapidly along hedge­lines un­til she dis­cov­ers an am­ple cuck­ooflower on which to lay eggs.

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