Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

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2021 photographs highlighted in yellow. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.

41309_male_Isère_13Jul16

45881_male_Var_12Apr19

19668_female_Var_17Apr10
20238_female_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_21May10 23982_male_Var_13Apr11 46948_male_Hertfordshire, UK_27Apr20
47787_male_UK, Hertfordshire_2May21 47821_female_UK, Hertfordshire_5May21 47985_female_UK, Hertfordshire_27May21
   
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
45581 M

a male.

220
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
46948 M a male underside, taken in overcast conditions. 70
47787 M a male underside, also taken in overcast conditions, as these seem to be the only conditions in which cardamines stops flying, especially the males. 60
47821 F a female underside. 60
47985 F a female underside. 60
23978 F a female underside, the discoidal spot being larger and rather crescent-shaped similar to 19668. 20

 

41309_male_Isère_13Jul16

 

45881_male_Var_12Apr19

 

19668_female_Var_17Apr10

 

20238_female_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_21May10

 

23982_male_Var_13Apr11

 

46948_male_Hertfordshire, UK_27Apr20

 

47787_male_UK, Hertfordshire_2May21

 

47821_female_UK, Hertfordshire_5May21

 

47985_female_UK, Hertfordshire_27May21

 

23978_female_Var_12Apr11