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Eastern Orange Tip / Female (34)
marcellr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
LEPIDOPTERA, PIERIDAE

Anthocharis damone Boisduval, 1836, Female

Common name Eastern Orange Tip

Forewing lenght. 19.0-21.0 mm.

Diagnostic features. Female has upperside white (see WORKSHOP ).
The underside hindwing is yellow, markings as in male. (see here a my short video).

Male like the Anthocaris cardamines but upperside yellow (see here).
The underside (see here) hindwing is yellow with mottled green markings.

Distribution. Local in Sicily (Mt Etna) and in Sud Italy (Calabria), Macedonia, Greece (Mt Parnassus). Range extends to Syria, Lebanon, Trans-Caucasus and Iraq, always very local.

Biology. Flies April-May at 600-1200m in a single brood. Larval food plant Isatis tinctoria.



REFERENCES

* Higgins L, Hargreaves B (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. - Collins, London.


LINKS

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Matt’s European Butterflies

Fauna Europaea

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marcellr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Anthocharis damone female, upperside
Edited by:marcellr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)

SICILIA - M.te Etna, 11.05.2007