Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

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41309_male_Isère_13Jul16 20042_male_Var_10May10 19668_female_Var_17Apr10
20238_female_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_21May10 23982_male_Var_13Apr11 23978_female_Var_12Apr11

Common in the early season in England and across Europe. It is single brooded although it may still be on the wing in July at high altitudes. The male is unmistakeable.

 

The female, which does not have the orange apical markings, could not really be mistaken for anything else in the UK, but could be confused with the Dappled White (Euchloe crameri) in southern Europe.

The female upf apical mark is rather more solid in cardamines than crameri and the shape of the cardamines discoidal mark is usually different and not attached to the costa, whereas for crameri it is (almost). The unf apical mark is mottled green in crameri.
ref sex

observations

alt. m
41309 M a male. Opportunities for a photograph of the male cardamines are infrequent, despite its commonness, as it has a tendency to fly continuously in search of females. 1230
20042 M

a male.

140
19668 F

a female, but the wide apical mark and the very large discoidal spot are rather unusual for cardamines, and made me wonder for a moment whether this could be crameri.

220
20238 F

a female, the discoidal mark being rather more normal than 19668.

750
23982 M a male underside. 140
23978 F a female underside, the discoidal spot being larger and rather crescent-shaped similar to 19668. 20

 

41309_male_Isère_13Jul16

 

20042_male_Var_10May10

 

19668_female_Var_17Apr10

 

20238_female_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_21May10

 

23982_male_Var_13Apr11

 

23978_female_Var_12Apr11