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We've seen the Tortoiseshell for sure and others too, though I didn't register their type. I'm desperately eating the tops of the over winte...

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LouatLarches
We've seen the Tortoiseshell for sure and others too, though I didn't register their type. I'm desperately eating the tops of the over wintered brussel sprouts before these painted creatures lay eggs!
Fleurisa

You only need to worry about cabbage white butterflies laying eggs on brassicas!

Adam Pasco
Yes, it's only cabbage white butterflies that will lay eggs on brassicas, and a fine netting cage built over these helps keep them off, as well as keeping pigeons away.

Four of our favourite native butterflies use stinging nettles to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to feed on. These include the Peacock, Coma, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

So it pays to leave some nettles around in quiet corners or natural 'wild' areas to provide a nursery for native butterflies!
nutcutlet

I think the whites around at the moment are female brimstones. They're safe

I had 16 peacock butterflies hibernating on the ceiling of my chicken shed since early September last year. Today there are only 7 left, the others must have woken up and gone. I did see a peacock this morning, so butterflies are about now, but plenty of bees.

Cera

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So far I have spotted, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Brimstones, Orange-tips. Looking forward to some consistent weather to bring out more of these beautiful creatures.
nutcutlet

I'm still waiting for the orange tips, the food plants are ready.

Dovefromabove

We've had some about - not sure what, green-veined whites or orange tips possibly, I've not seen them but there's caterpillars on the sweet  rocket. 

Dovefromabove

Hurrah! We saw our first orange tip of the year today -  it was in a lane near the marshes, on some hedge garlic. 

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