Go in search of the orange tip butterfly and see how many you can count

Orange tip butterflies are commonly seen at Colemere Countryside Site in the spring and summer, and counting them is a very pleasant activity on a sunny afternoon.


Orange tip butterflies/ cuckoo flower

Orange-tip butterflies image

Orange-tip males are very distinctive; white butterflies with orange tipped wings. The females are white with black tipped wings. They like damp places and the caterpillars feed off some of the plants found around the mere.

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Learn more about the orange tip butterfly and many other beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Conservation website.

Butterfly Conservation have produced two guides for Shropshire: A South Shropshire guide, with an identification chart and data on butterflies which may be found in South Shropshire and an identification guide for butterflies and day-flying moths of the Meres and Mosses, an area which covers North-east Shropshire and parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. Find out more.