Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
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|23982_male_Var_13Apr11||46948_male_Hertfordshire, UK_27Apr20||47787_male_UK, Hertfordshire_2May21||47821_female_UK, Hertfordshire_5May21|
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.|
|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|
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.
a female, the discoidal mark being rather more normal than 19668.
|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|