The apex of the forewing is produced and falcate (sickle shaped); white above and below, with dark apical marking and black median spot on the forewing above, and a black spot at apex of hindwing; the male moreover, has a moderately large orange spot in the apical area of the forewing, occurring occasionally also in the female (= ab. virgo form. nov. The butterfly appears in one brood and is common in swampy places. The larva feeds on cress  (Draba, Descurainia sophia, Arabis hirsuta, Cardamine impatiens and Rorippa).
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