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Falcate Orangetip Anthocharis midea


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Falcate Orangetip, Male
credit: Megan McCarty/CCSA

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Family: Pieridae, Whites and Sulphurs view all from this family

Description The Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea) is a North American butterfly that was described in 1809 by Jacob H¸bner. It belongs to the family Pieridae which is the white and sulphurs. These butterflies are mostly seen on the eastern side of the United States, particularly in Texas and Oklahoma. They eat the nectar of violets and mustards. They tend to live in open, wet woods along waterways, in open swamps, and less often in dry woods and ridgetops. The Falcate Orangetip is a true spring time butterfly, being on the wing from April-May (March-May in southern Texas).

The upper side of the male's forewing is orange, but females lack this. Both have a round black spot located in the cell. The underside of the hindwing usually has intricate green-marbling. The orangetips have a wingspan of around 3.5-4.5 centimeters.

Dimensions 1 3/8 - 1 1/2" (35-38mm).

Habitat Forests & woodlands.

Range Texas, Great Lakes, New England, Plains, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic.