Ginger BeeWednesday 24th May 2000
A FEMALE Orange Tip makes a brief visit to the herb bed. As she lacks the orange wingtip of the male she looks rather like other white butterflies but, like the male, the undersides of her hindwings are mottled with a greenish camouflage.
An orange hunting wasp, an Ichneumon, probably Netelia testacea, looks as if it is searching for prey (or rather a moth larva on which to lay its egg) as it walks around on our back door. The Collins Guide to Insects warns that it has a 'short ovipositor capable of piercing human skin if molested'. I'm glad I opened the door and let it find its own way out. It walked around to the outside of the door rather than flying away. Still hunting.