58.003 .... B&F 1553
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....Common along country lanes and edges of woodland. There seems to have been no real long term change to the status of the Orange Tip in Nottinghamshire over the past century and this delightful butterfly is still one of our most widespread native species. Perhaps only rivalled by the first male Brimstone of the year, the sight of the male Orange Tip flying along a woodland ride or hedgerow, is the surest sign of Spring to many people.
Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter May 2016
Photographed at Eakring village May 2010
Photographed at Eakring Flash April 2003
Early stages                            
Egg laid on Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata. Photographed June 2021.   1st instar larva. Photographed June 2022.
2nd instar larva. Photographed June 2021.   Half-grown larva. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter June 2022.
Full-grown larva. Photographed at Gibraltar Plantation June 2021.   Pupa. Photographed at King's Wood September 2012.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Orange Tip 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Nottingham City Council. Wil Heeney. Steve Horne. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. Tom Shields. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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