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Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)

The Falcate Orangetip is a unique little butterfly. The forewings have a hooked tip giving the butterfly the falcate name but the orange tip can be deceiving because only the males have orange on their wings. The females are completely white with a single black spot. The underside of the hind wing on the Falcate Orange is a beautiful gray marbled pattern. This butterfly is a treat to watch as they rapidly fly in search of flowers blooming in early spring.

Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Subfamily: White (Pierinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 1/2" - 1 3/4"

Habitat: Wooded areas, swamp areas, road edges

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Falcate Orangetip Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (closed wing) - Diane P. Brooks

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