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Orange Tip (male) - Aurore

Anthocharis cardamines


The male of this species is unmistakable when spotted in flight, with bright orange tips on the forewing. The underside of the hindwing is mottled green and white for both genders, providing good camouflage. Also striking are green eyes speckled with black.This species overwinters as a pupa for up to 10 months.


Forest clearing. The last shot shows the habitat with a first glimpse of the butterfly.


Food plants include Cardamine pratensis and Alliaria petiolata. Adult orange-tip butterflies are on the wing from about mid-April to mid-June. Females lay a single egg on each visited plant.

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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you for your kind words ladies!

pamsai 4 years ago

Yes kdpicturemaker, I agree with all you said!

kdpicturemaker 4 years ago

Your butterfly series are so clear and detailed, stunning ID images, absolutely love this one and so many of your other images.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks for your kind words Dr. Sherpa!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Daniele, fantastic spotting and fantastic photography!

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks António!

Beautiful Danièle,great series ,last photo of the environement is a great idea,iam going to trie to do it also,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Pam and Mark :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Wow pics!

pamsai 4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous, Daniele...

Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.39, Long: 6.91

Spotted on May 8, 2014
Submitted on Sep 10, 2014

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