Orange Tip

Anthocharis cardamines

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Barr Buí [IRL]

L'Aurore [F]

Aurorafalter [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information

Damp hedgerows, wet meadows, woodland edges.


Crucifers (incl Lady's smock).

45-52mm (1.77 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

This species is one of the earlier butterfly species on the wing, seen in April.
The male has large orange patches at its wingtips. The female has black patches and is similar to the Small White.
The underside of both sexes exhibits a mottled green pattern.