Orange-tip
  Anthocharis cardamines
 


Male Orange-tip at Golspie, May 2007.
Photograph by Tony Mainwood


Female Orange-tip at Golspie, showing mottling on underside of rear wings.
Photograph by Tony Mainwood.


DESCRIPTION:

Only the males have orange tipped wings. Females' wings are white, tipped with black. The undersides of the hindwings of both sexes have a mottled green effect, making it easy to distinguish a female from the other "whites".

Wingspan 40 - 52mm.

LIFE CYCLE

Single brooded, overwintering as pupa.

FLIGHT TIMES

Males emerge about a week before females. May be seen on the wing from mid April to June.

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

A major expansion in range occurred 25 - 30 years ago, spreading westwards from Moray and Speyside, now as far as Skye, Arisaig and Knoydart, and northwards to Sutherland. A postcard survey conducted in Spring 2007 may reveal further expansion.

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