Most of the white butteflies around at the moment are Green-veined whites - however some of them could well be female Orange Tips. You need to scrutinise the underside of the wing. If it is mottled rather than having darker veins then it is likely to be the Orange Tip female. Stuart in Knapp says he has seen the females. They are said to sculk around in vegetation and be difficult to find. Picture and a place where you can record Orange Tip online at
The showery weather has not been ideal butterfly spotting weather, but I saw a Peacock butterfly, my first of the new generation of Peacocks, on Wednesday (2nd August) at Pitroddie. There have been some Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals about, although I have only seen them in our garden in ones or twos, whereas we managed to count 12 at Pitroddie.. I had better luck on my butterfly transect near Coupar Angus where I counted more than 70 Small Tortoiseshells by the river on 24th July.