Male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines)

Male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines)

Description

Title:
Male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines)
Caption / Description:

A male Orange Tip butterfly rests with its wings closed on a blackthorn leaf in early Spring.

The Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) is a butterfly in the Pieridae family. 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 past 30 years has seen a rapid increase in the range of the Orange Tip in the UK particularly in Scotland and Ireland, probably in response to climate change.

Description taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_tip

Tags / Keywords:
  • Biota
  • Life
  • Vitae
  • Eukaryota
  • Animalia
  • Animals
  • Arthropoda
  • Arthropods
  • Insecta
  • Insects
  • Lepidoptera
  • Moths
  • Spring
  • Butterflies
  • Skippers
  • Pieridae
  • Sulphurs & Whites
  • Blackthorn
  • Anthocharis
  • Orangetips
  • Anthocharis cardamines
  • Orange Tip

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4272px x 2848px
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JPEG
Color Mode:
RGB
Original Image Color Profile:
Adobe RGB (1998)

Location

Location Created:
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City:
Market Harborough
Province/State:
Leicestershire
Country:
United Kingdom
World Region:
Europe
Geo-location:
52.474525073747, -0.94524504238611 View on map

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Copyrighted
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Rights Managed
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Yes
Available for Commercial Use:
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Copyright Notice:
© 2011 Dave Kennard

Camera Data

Date Digital Resource was created:
Shutter speed:
1200 s
Aperture:
f/4
Camera Model:
Canon EOS 450D
ISO:
400
Exposure Compensation:
0
Focal Length:
100mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv.):
Metering Mode:
Center-weighted average
Flash:
Off, Did not fire
Exposure Mode:
Manual
White Balance:
Manual
Light Source:
Exposure Program:
Manual

Additional shooting metadata

Lens:
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM
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Setup:
Handheld

Post Processing

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  • Adobe Camera RAW
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