The Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) is one of the most recognisable springtime butterflies. Over the last few weeks, many of you will have seen the males, with their distinctive orange wingtips, and the cloudy white females in your gardens. Now is a good time to see the start of the next generation of the butterflies, by searching for the butterfly’s beautiful amphora-shaped orange eggs on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), a common garden weed. In this video, Curator of Insects, Ed Turner, shows you how to find the eggs.
To learn more about the range of butterfly species found in UK gardens, see our posts in Wildlife From Your Window, including a post all about white and yellow butterflies.