Falcate Orantetip, Anthocharis midea

Falcate Orantetip

Anthocharis midea

Small, white butterfly, 1.5" — 1.75" wingspan, with a small black dot in the front wing above and very small black dots at the margins of the wings. The male is very noticeable, with orange-tipped forewings above. Below, the sexes are similar, with a very fine greenish marbling.

Moist woodlands.

Overwintering Strategy:   Chrysalis

One brood in Illinois from mid-April to early May.

The Falcate Orangetip is a rare stray to Wisconsin. This species is more of a southern species that apparently will stray, but is seldom seen this far north.

Overwintering Strategy

Two-way migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to Central Mexico
Small migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to southern US
Immigrant: Adult migrates into Wisconsin from warmer areas and don't fly south in winter
Adult Butterfly: Hibernates overwinter as an adult butterfly
Eggs: Eggs laid on stems, twigs or foot plants overwinter in diapause
Caterpillar: Caterpillars make nests on the base of plants and hibernate until spring
Chrysalis: Caterpillars shed their last skin, form a chrysalis and enter diapause.

For more information, read: Where Do Butterflies Go In Winter?

Further Information:   

 Design A Butterfly Garden
 Take The Butterfly Quiz
 Monarch Life Cycle
 Butterflies and Moths of North America
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

Bees flying footer graphic