Female orange tip butterfly, ivy leaf

Female orange tip butterfly, ivy leaf

Female orange tip butterfly resting on an ivy leaf – only the males have the orange tips to their wing tops.

This female and a male had been fluttering around each other for perhaps half a minute. The female landed on this ivy leaf right by me, so I expected the male to follow. Instead, it flew off in the opposite direction. The female stayed on the leaf, contorting its body, perhaps wafting pheromones.