Sunday, 22 January 2017

Orange Tip Challenge

See if you can achieve what I have failed to do - find an Orange Tip pupa in the wild! It may be on garlic mustard (Jack-by-the-hedge) or else on some nearby stems. Whenever I have bred them through at home the caterpillars have always crawled off the garlic mustard onto sticks that I'd provided for the purpose but I'm aware of at least one attempt to pupate on garlic mustard in a garden in Beds in 2016, though that one was quickly predated by something.

Here is what you are looking for, with a shiny penny and a dirty thumbnail for size comparison. This was bred through last year and is patiently awaiting spring in my garden...