Orange Tip

Anthocharis cardamines


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Anthocharis cardamines

Male, Switzerland, May 2013, with a wood white

Anthocharis cardamines

Female, Switzerland, June 2013

Anthocharis cardmines

Female, Switzerland, April 2013

Anthocharis cardamines

Male, Switzerland, May 2013

Male, Switzerland, May 2007

Male, Switzerland, May 2007

Female, Suffolk, UK, April 2007

Female, Suffolk, UK, April 2007

Male, May 2006

Female, May 2006

Female, May 2006

Anthocharis cardamines aberration

Aberrant male, lacking black markings, Switzerland, July 2013

Anthocharis cardamines egg

Newly laid egg - greenish white


Anthocharis cardamines egg

The eggs turn orange after a while
The orange tip is the spring butterfly par excellence. As the hedgerows burst into flower, so these delicate and beautiful insects begin to flit along them, occasionally resting on garlic mustard or other plants to feed. The males are unmistakeable, even at a distance, with their brilliant orange tips. The females, though superficially like other whites, are also easily distinguished if the mottled underside is seen. The upperside pattern is sufficiently different, too, for ready identification given a good view.