At last…

It’s taken until today – 29th April – to see my first Orange Tip of the year. In 2007 I noted the first one on 5th April, so they do seem quite late this year.

Nice clumps of hedge mustard in the garden at the moment and they will soon be looking to lay their eggs. If it stays warm this afternoon there should now be plenty about around Kineton, particularly by the banks of the River Dene.


  1. I found three Orange-tip eggs on our Lady’s-Smock (Cuckoo flower) yesterday. Single, bright orange eggs amongst the flower heads. I didn’t see the butterflies though – they must have sneaked in while I was out.

  2. Also, I just remembered that I saw two Orange-tips, a Comma, two Peacocks, a Brimstone and a Holly Blue down at King John’s Mound a couple of weeks ago (16th April), so they have been around for a little while. Di

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