Sighted April 3, 2015
This butterfly flitted through the backyard as I watched from the picture window in our living room. All I saw initially were tumbling flashes of white. Naturally I grabbed my camera and headed outside to see where it would land with the hope of getting a few pictures.
I got quite a few photos from about six feet away but they didn’t turn out very well. The butterfly kept flitting around. Finally I was able to slowly creep up on it and got some better close-ups. Still, they had to be enlarged in order to show the detail of this beautiful creature!
Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea) Facts:
- They have a wingspan of about 1.75 inches at the most.
- The underside of the hindwing has a fine marbled pattern.
- One flight takes place from March through June.
- Only the male of the species has an orange wingtip.
- Both male and female have a round black spot on the forewing.
- The Falcate Orangetip belongs to the family Pieridae which includes the white and sulphur butterflies.
- Their range typically includes the eastern United States, from lower New England through parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
- Adults feed on nectar-producing flowers.