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Species Account for Anthocharis cardamines

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Anthocharis cardamines  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lepidoptera: butterflies: Pieridae

Orange Tip (m) Copyright: Robert Smith

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Additional Phenology Data


10mm larva on Hoary Cress
10mm larva on Hoary Cress
Orange Tip (m)
Orange Tip (m)
Orange Tip (female and ovum)
Orange Tip (female and ovum)
Anthocharis cardamines (Orange-tip)
Anthocharis cardamines (Orange-tip)

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Taxonomic group: butterflies (Lepidoptera: butterflies) - Part county data   
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This species is steadily increasing in abundance. Its primary larval foodplants are cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis) and Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), but others are used, including Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba) on sea walls. There is one brood each year in the spring and most of its life-cycle is spent in the pupal state (10 months). Only the males display the conspicuous orange wing tips and once warmed, will search tirelessly for females, which are much more sedentary. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2012 by user 745


Broad Habitat Data (based on 84 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 5 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2 records with habitat detail and method information)

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