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Orange tip. Guido Gerdingorange tip

Anthocharis cardamines


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  • Upper wings are white
  • Forewings of both male and female show a single black spot, which is enclosed by the characteristic orange tip only on the male
  • Hind under wing of both sexes, a confusion of green and white markings. In flight the female looks like a green-veined white but at rest, the under wing looks like lichen against a white background

Where found

Flowery meadows. Larvae feed on cuckooflower and garlic mustard. Throughout British Isles, except far north of Scotland. 

When to look for