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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
A small but quite common butterfly, adults fly in the spring, between April and July.
Only the males have orange-tipped forewings; the females have small black tips.
Orange Tips prefer damp habitats such as meadows, woodland glades, hedgerows and
the banks of streams and rivers, and will readily visit gardens.
* Males stay strictly on the edges and clearings of forests, while the females are found almost exclusively in open meadows.
Avg. Wingspan: 4 - 5 cm / 1.6 - 2 "
* This butterfly family (Papilionidae) consists of about 1,100 species of butterflies.
Diet: caterpillars eat cuckooflower and garlic mustard. They are also cannibalistic, sometimes eating the eggs of unhatched orange-tips.
Diet: adults feed on nectar.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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