Thursday, 10 May 2007

Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

Adult Orange Tip (subspecies A. c. britannica) at Geddington, Northants - May 2010

OTHER NAMES: Lady of the Woods
Featured Subspecies: Anthocharis cardamines britannica
Length: ?
Wingspan: 40-52mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

As far as males of the this species are concerned, the name pretty much says describes the appearance, Bright orange tips on white wings. The females however are much drabber- lacking the orange and making them look similar to other while butterflies. A widely distributed species found throughout temperate Eurasia.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Anthocharis 
SUBSPECIES: A. c. cardamines, A. c. meridionalis, A. c. turritis, A. c. progressa, A. c. septentionalis, A. c. phoenissa A. c. alexandra, A. c. hibernica, A. c. koreana, A. c. kobayashii, A. c. issikii, A. c. hayashii, A. c. bambusaroides, A. c. britannica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and numerous other sites 
Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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