This is Jack by the Hedge or Garlic Mustard growing in my garden – like a weed some would say! But I love it. It’s quite pretty but it is also one of the food plants for Orange Tip butterflies (Milkmaids, Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower is another).
So every Spring, I look at the flowers and try to spot the eggs of the butterflies – single orange eggs laid on the stem under the flowers. I spent 10 minutes on Tuesday looking and found a couple of eggs. Each time I spot one it’s a thrill – a real thrill.
Here’s a less-than-brilliant photo, on my phone, from last year. That orange blur? That’s the egg of an Orange Tip butterfly. It’s such fun finding them![registration_form]