Attributes of Anthocharis sara

Pacific Orangetip
Anthocharis sara Lucas, 1852

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Upperside of male forewing with large, orange-red spot; border of apex dark, narrow. Female spot smaller; dark border with white wedges. Underside of hindwing with scattered, dark-green marbling. Late spring individuals are larger with less black and hyave yellow green marbling below. Some individuals are yellow.
Wing Span: 1 1/16 - 1 1/2 inches (2.7 - 4.0 cm).
Life History: Males patrol, mostly in valleys, for females. Eggs are laid singly near tops of host plants. Young caterpillars feed on flower buds, older ones on flowers and fruits. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight during June in Alaska; primary flight on California coast from February-April with a second partial flight from May-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family especially rock cresses such as tower mustard. In California, presence of late flowering \"true\"" mustards (Brassica species) allows extended larval feeding and a partial second flight."
Adult Food: Flower nectar, including that of host mustards, thistles, fiddleneck, and brodiaeas.
Habitat: Open oak woods in hills, orchards, fields, meadows, streamcourses, canyons.
Range: Alaska coast south to Baja California mainly to west of Pacific divide.
Conservation: Conserve restricted populations.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Preserve host plant and flyway habitats.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
April 09, 2014 Chris Carvalho Klickitat County, Washington, United States April 15, 2014 Details
April 14, 2014 dgluckman Jefferson County, Washington, United States April 15, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States March 22, 2014 Details
January 17, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 23, 2014 Details
May 19, 2012 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 09, 2013 Details
April 02, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 07, 2013 Details
April 28, 2013 DanielLichtblau Los Angeles County, California, United States April 29, 2013 Details
April 27, 2013 John Barry Klickitat County, Washington, United States April 28, 2013 Details
April 03, 2013 David Allen Jones Orange County, California, United States April 06, 2013 Details
April 23, 1981 legacy.reporter (Sterling Mattoon) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 09, 1984 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Humboldt County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 19, 1986 legacy.reporter (William Swisher) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 29, 1996 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 29, 1996 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 16, 2011 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States February 18, 2012 Details
March 03, 2011 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States February 17, 2012 Details
May 28, 1979 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 17, 2008 RaisingButterflies.org Plumas County, California, United States September 06, 2011 Details
April 19, 2011 guy_incognito San Bernardino County, California, United States August 14, 2011 Details
March 22, 2011 Nancy Hamlett Los Angeles County, California, United States June 06, 2011 Details
May 16, 2010 Nancy Hamlett Los Angeles County, California, United States June 06, 2011 Details
May 01, 2011 rick coye Orange County, California, United States May 06, 2011 Details
February 11, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 16, 2003 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 25, 2005 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 15, 2007 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 16, 1973 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 08, 1980 legacy.reporter (unknown) Placer County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 08, 1979 legacy.reporter (unknown) Solano County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 30, 1981 legacy.reporter (unknown) Lake County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 30, 1964 legacy.reporter (unknown) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 07, 1919 legacy.reporter (unknown) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 06, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Ventura County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul M. Thompson) Tuolumne County, California, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 03, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul M. Thompson) Tuolumne County, California, United States January 01, 2011 Details
March 28, 1968 legacy.reporter (David Bauer) Douglas County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
April 08, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 09, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 03, 2010 legacy.reporter (Mark Walker) Riverside County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
March 16, 2010 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 15, 2010 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 03, 2010 legacy.reporter (Mark Walker) Riverside County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 08, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
March 16, 2010 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 09, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 15, 2010 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 03, 2010 legacy.reporter (Mark Walker) Riverside County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 08, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
March 16, 2010 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 09, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details