Anthocharis cardamines britannica - Orange Tip Butterfly

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Formal Name: Anthocharis cardamines britannica

Informal Name: Orange Tip Butterfly

Conservation Status: Part of the 'least concern' conservation status as there is no threat to them

Location: Europe and Asia

Average Wingspan (cm): 5

Seen Between: April - July

Description: Anthocharis cardamines Britannica are informally known as Orange Tip butterflies. They have an average wingspan of 5cm and are found in Europe.

Its habitat consists of grassland, towns, parks, gardens, farmland and wetlands. They are most likely to be seen between April and July. After they hatch, they will consume their surrounding eggshells. This tendency is the reason for the female laying each egg on separate flowers. They eat nectar from flowers such as garlic mustard, cuckooflower and hedge-mustard plants. Their conservation status is categorised as ‘least concern’ since there is little threat to their population. The main predator of an Orange Tip butterfly is spiders.

They look as their name suggests; they have white wings on the upper side with orange tips along the top edge. The wing has white and green splotches on the underside.