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Orange tip

Orange tip
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Copyright: Mehmet Karababa (caspian) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-16 5:28
Viewed: 2997
Points: 32
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Anthocharis cardamines (Orange tip) [in Turk. Turuncu süslü kelebek]

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.

The female lays eggs singly on the flowerheads of Cuckooflower Cardimine pratensis and Garlic Mustard and many other species of wild Crucifers, all of which contain chemicals called glucosinolates. Females are attracted to larger flowers, such as Hesperis matronalis, even though some such species are poor larval hosts. Selection of foodplants is triggered by the presence of mustard oils, which are detected by chemosensory hairs on the fore-legs (is this really true? or is it glucosinolates that are stimulatory? This contributor has not been able to find a reference for the statement of a stimulatory effect of mustard oils). Reproductive rate of females appears to be limited by difficulties in finding suitable hosts. As a consequence, the species has evolved to use a wide range of crucifers. The eggs are white to begin with but change to a bright orange after a few days before darkening off just before hatching. Because the larvae feed almost exclusively on the flowers and developing seedpods there is rarely enough food to support more than one larva per plant. If two larvae meet one will often be eaten by the other to eliminate its competitor. Newly hatched larvae will also eat unhatched eggs for the same reason. To stop eggs from being laid on plants already laid on the female leaves a pheromone to deter future females from laying. There are five larval instars. The green and white caterpillar is attacked by several natural enemies (notably Tachinid flies and Braconid wasps). Pupation occurs in early summer in scrubby vegetation near the foodplant, where they stay to emerge the following spring. Recent research suggests that the emergence of the butterfly may be delayed for as much as two years, thus ensuring the species against unfavourable conditions in a given season. Some Orange Tip may be confused with moths.

Damp pastures and meadows, damp woodland edges and glades, riverbanks, ditches, dykes, fens, railway cuttings and country lanes.

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Ciao Mehmat, lovely butterfly with splendid bright colors, fine details, wonderful blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-16 6:03]

Merhaba Mehmet,
Harika bir makro sınıf!
Tanıtım çok iyi.
Ve açıklama sunulan çok tebrikler iyi.
Harika bir gün,

Mehmet bey merhaba,
Sert ışığa rağmen çok güzel çekmişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.
Detaylar harika

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-16 7:22]

Hi Mehmet,we have the same idea today,differents points of view for the same specie,i like a lot your pic,we can discover at the best the design underwings of this little butterfly.Great sharpness,colors and composition.Thansk for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-04-16 9:38]

Nefis bir kelebek makrosu, mükemmel kadrajı ile birlikte harika makro olmuş. Emeğinize sağlık Mehmet bey, selamlarımla..

Hi Mehmet
Wonderful Orange tip today!
Details of this wonderful butterfly are fantastic and colors are beautiful!
Great flower and light!

Hello Mehmet,
Wonderful capture with amazing details on the wings and exceptional colours.
Very nice composition with great POV.

bu güzel kelebeği bir türlü fotoğraflayamadım. çok istediğimden sanırım. ne zaman böyle bir türün peşine düşsem çıkmaz; bulduktan sonra da peşpeşe gelir.
sizin şansınız yaver gitmiş, Mehmet Bey. hem bulmuşsunuz hem de çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

Merhaba Mehmet dostum. Turuncudan sapma olmuş bu erkekte:)
Nefis makro olmuş. Emeğine sağlık.

Ciao Mehmet. Great work for today. Amazing colours, light and transparenices. Very good detaisl too. Best compliments.


Memet Bey merhaba

Mükemmel bir kare olmuş. Çiçekle birlikte inanılmaz bir uyum içinde. Çok hoş renklere ve desenlere sahip. Detaylar mükemmel, söylecenek pek bir şey bırakmamışınız. Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-17 9:23]

You show us a fine close-up picture.
Great luminosity, fine details and beautiful colour.
Greetings and TFS.

Net ve güzel bir çekim olmuş Mehmet bey,
emeğinize sağlık.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-23 5:34]

Merhaba Mehmet,
wow....what a lovely view in good sharpness. The pattern of the wings is so well seen and you have skillfully demonstrate the beauty in nice colours and good blurry background.
Beautiful composition.


Merhaba Mehmet,
a superb capture of the Tip Orange, outstanding sharpness and marvellous bright colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

Hi Mehmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful orangetip butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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