This afternoon a male Orange-Tip attempted congress along a lane at Welton Waters with an unreceptive female. I've learned today that a raised abdomen on the female indicates that she has already bred successfully, and she is rejecting him. Despite trying unsuccessfully to perform for maybe five minutes, he was finalły driven away by a gust of wind, and the relationship remained unconsummated!
Pair of Orange-Tips
The female after she had just landed on a bramble leaf
Signalling her receptiveness
In other news we saw our first 4-Spotted Chaser of the year