Orange tip butterfly

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I have posted information on this butterfly before but thought this a great photo.

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Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

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 This is a common butterfly of damp grassland and woodland rides and is often mistaken for its cousin, the Small White. It can be found from spring through to autumn in parks and gardens, as well as less-urban areas such as meadows and woodland rides. The so-called green veins on the underside of the adults are, in fact, an illusion created by a subtle combination of yellow and black scales. This is one of the most widespread species found in the British Isles and can be found almost everywhere although it is absent from Shetland and areas of the Scottish Highlands.

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The female  has rejecting a male. To pair, he reaches under her wings with his abdomen. With her abdomen in the air, he can’t reach her to mate.

Listrodromus nycthemerus (parasitic wasp)

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One species which is host specific, and can have a massive impact on populations of the prey, is Listrodromus nycthemerus (11mm). This targets Holly Blue butterfly caterpillars, laying its egg in first instar larvae. This results in the emergence of a single adult wasp from the normally formed Holly Blue pupa. Parasitism of larvae can reach 99%, understandably causing a massive collapse in host populations. Listrodromus nycthemerus can take six or seven years to reach peak numbers, which together with its effectiveness as a parasite helps explain why the Holly Blue is subject to noticeable ‘booms and busts’…Nature Conservation 

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at last managed to get some good photos if it

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Stow-cum-Quy to Horningsea (Quy Fen Walk)

Stow-cum-Quy to Horningsea (Quy Fen Walk) Map and Information

Today I cycled and walked a path I hadn’t been before and what a gem it was , peaceful, full of wildlife from bees to woodpeckers to a weasel.

This walk takes you along the Lode , through fields and woodland a real good mix of habitats.

Green-veined White Butterfly (Pieris napi) Mating

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This is a common butterfly of damp grassland and woodland rides and is often mistaken for its cousin, the Small White. It can be found from spring through to autumn in parks and gardens, as well as less-urban areas such as meadows and woodland rides. The so-called green veins on the underside of the adults are, in fact, an illusion created by a subtle combination of yellow and black scales. This is one of the most widespread species found in the British Isles and can be found almost everywhere although it is absent from Shetland and areas of the Scottish Highlands.

Information from Uk Butterflies

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