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AnthocharisCardamines 2002Z.jpg
Orange tip
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Anthocharini
Genus: Anthocharis
(Boisduval, Rambur, Duméril & Graslin, 1833)

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Anthocharis is a Holarctic genus of the butterfly tribe Anthocharini, in the Pieridae family. These are typically small, white-hued butterflies that have colorful marks just inside the tips of the forewings. The tip colors are usually a red-orange hue, hence the name "orange tip". The larvae of these butterfly often consume cruciferous plants containing chemicals called glucosinolates. This genus is characterized by two of the five subcostal veins branching off before the apex of the cell, by the upper radial being only little united with the subcostal, and by the central discocellular being rather long. In all the species the males have at least the apical portion of the forewing orange red or yellow. Only one species inhabits also the northern districts of the Palearctic region, all the others are found in the south of the Palearctic region, also some species occur in North America, but not one species extends into the tropics. The Anthocharis species have only one brood. The butterflies occur in spring.


Museum drawer of Anthocharis and Zegris

Species and subspecies belonging to the Anthocharis genus include:[1][2]


  1. ^ Anthocharis,
  2. ^ Lamas, Gerardo (2004). Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part4A Hesperioidea–Papilionoidea. Gainesville, Florida: Scientific Publishers, Inc. p. 107. ISBN 0-945417-28-4. 

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