Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae

Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines hibernica IRISH RACE five pupae
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Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines Europe

In Ireland the Orange Tip is a distinct race. Almost never available, there are some pupae available right now.

Store the pupae in a cool place, for the winter, even a refrigerator, loose in a plastic box. An early spring butterfly. Depending on locality and season, the butterflies usually begin to fly in May. The male has the orange tips. Both sexes have mottled undersides in green which is actually made of microscopic scales of black and yellow, giving the illusion of green. The curious pupae look like thorns.

Eggs are laid on Garlic Mustard, Sweet Rocket and Cuckoo Flower or Lady’s Smock. The larvae live singly and are canabalistic. Not difficult to breed, particularly on potted foodplant. Camouflage in all stages is remarkable.