Orange tip drops in on the Point

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

Last week I saw a male orange tip but­ter­fly flut­ter­ing around a gar­den on the Dun­geness Point. I see orange tips fur­ther in­land on the Rom­ney Marsh and around the Weald and along the lanes around Ash­ford and up to Folke­stone and the Downs. How­ever, that was the first orange tip to be seen for 18 years on the Dun­geness Point.

The males are very dis­tinc­tive and are white with bright orange tips to the wings and a won­der­ful green cryptic pat­tern to the un­der­side.

The fe­males are white and black and with the same cryptic green mar­bled coloura­tion to the hind­wings. The species is on the wing through April and May and is rea­son­ably wide­spread.

The food­plant is the fa­mil­iar cuck­ooflower or lady’s smock, which is the lilac flower you can see grow­ing in damp road­side verges and edges of ditches or the gar­lic mus­tard which is a more fa­mil­iar wood­land edge plant with white flow­ers and broad green leaves.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk

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