Raising the Orange Tip

Late in spring I love when the first Orange Tip butterflies (Anthocharis cardamines) start appearing. The orange color of the male butterflies is something that I’ve enjoyed already as a small boy.

Season 2015 I set myself the target to raise this species. Finding the first egg one a great feeling. It turned out to be rather easy after that to locate many more. Even mid-sized to adult caterpillars (once you know where eggs where laid a couple weeks earlier).

Here’s a couple shots from adult caterpillars and the chrysalis.

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