Orange Tip Butterfly

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Orange Tip Butterfly

The Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) can be seen on the wing from April to June. The female which doesn’t have the orange tips, lays its eggs on cuckoo flower, also known as lady’s smock or may flower.

The caterpillar feeds on the developing seeds and is known to be cannibalistic if more than one egg is laid on the food plant.

They accumulate mustard oil from the plant which makes them distasteful to birds.

Credit: Information and photo kindly supplied by Peter Dowse of Bollington, Cheshire.