Monday, November 28, 2011

Wildlife Photo: A Butterfly Called an Orange-tip

Here's a photo of an Orange-tip Butterfly taken on Hamahiga Island Okinawa, Japan.

They are called an Orange-tip but, only the males have orange wing tips.

I'm glad I didn't shoot a female because I would have had to use the scientific name:

ANTHOCHARIS CARDAMINES  (Wikipedia's Butterfly Department).


Another source for critter research is ARKIVE IMAGES OF LIFE ON EARTH

Over there you can find photos of just about any wildlife and even watch short videos.

They tell you stuff like what animals eat, how they mate and where they hang out.

Like, in England these butterflies eat cuckooflowers and garlic mustard.

The ones I shot photos of were hanging around Hibiscus flowers.


Last Century the Orange-tip Butterfly almost went extinct in Scotland.

It seems Global Warming came along, just in time, and these butterflies are safe.

They are on the rebound in Scotland and the rest of Europe, all the way up to Scandinavia.



SEE MORE OF THE CRITTERS FOUND ON OKINAWA IN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY.


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