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UK Nature > Butterflies > Orange Tip



Common Name: Orange Tip
Scientific Name: Anthocaris cardamines

The Orange-tip is a true sign of spring, being one of the first species to emerge that has not overwintered as an adult. It has white uppersides to its wings, but it is only the males that have orange-tipped forewings; females have small black tips (see photos above). In both sexes the undersides of the hindwings are mottled with moss-green. The orange tips warn predators that this butterfly is highly distasteful. Orange-tips are common throughout lowland England and Wales, but are rarer in Scotland. They are usually seen wandering in all directions as they fly along hedgerows and woodland margins looking for a mate, nectar sources or foodplants.











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