Have you seen an Orange Tip butterfly yet? This is now the best time to see one of these pretty, yet underrated mainly white butterflies. The males are the easiest to spot, with orange tips to their upper wings, but the females are very similar to small whites when flitting from flower to flower. If they stop to feed or rest with their wings closed this is the best time to catch a glimpse of the beautiful motley green pattern on the underwing, which is both present in the male and female. The caterpillars of this species love to feed on plants such as garlic mustard and cuckooflower.
Seen a butterfly but unsure of its species? There’s a handy guide on Butterfly Conservation’s website: