Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

Cheshire local information

When to see: April to June

Where to see: Meadow

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 40-52mm

Caterpillar food plant: Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Cheshire status: A common and widespread resident, especially in damp grassy habitats. Despite the loss of traditional meadows by modern farming methods it is presently more numerous than ever. Single-brooded flying from mid-April to mid-June.


Watch a film about the Life Cycle of the Orange Tip butterfly (Windows Media Audio/Video File 3.66Mb - © MMIV Dream Catcher Films). The film is part of the Butterfly Conservation Education Pack that is available to schools.

Choice of larval foodplants by the Orange Tip butterfly in Cheshire

Orange Tip butterfly (male)
Orange Tip butterfly (male)