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orange tip on orchis


orange tip on orchis
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Copyright: sezai ozkurt (july02) (12)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-07
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-07 14:32
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Anthocharini
Genus: Anthocharis
Species: A. cardamines (orange tip)

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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