Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Happy Pollinator Week: June 21-27, 2021! Butterflies and moths are pollinators of many flowering plants.

Did you know? The Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) hovers in flight and uses its long tongue to sip nectar from flowers.

Desert Orangetip
Anthocharis cethura C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865


Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: White to pale yellow with orange tip on forewing. Green marbling on underside of hindwing.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 4.0 cm.)
Life History: Eggs are laid on flower buds of host plants. Caterpillars eat flowers and young seed pods. Chrysalis overwinters, may pass several years before adult emerges.
Flight: Early February - April.
Caterpillar Hosts: Tansy-mustard, jewelflower, tumble mustard and probably other plants in Mustard family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Rocky desert hills and ridges.
Range: Northwestern Nevada south through southeastern California and western Arizona to northern Mexico.
Conservation: Catalina Orangetip (subspecies catalina) found only on Santa Catalina Island off southern California coast is of conservation concern.
NCGR: G4,G5 for species, T1T2 for subspecies catalina.
Management Needs: Many habitats threatened by exotic cheatgrass invasion.
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