⭑mission complete⭑


Anthocharis cardamines (Orange tip)

Alliara petiolata (Garlic mustard)

Last update: 12 May 2024


LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden


One of my long standing goals in the development of the gardes is getting the Orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines)[1] to reproduce in the garden. The luring program for this butterfly started in 2012 by sowing her host plant Garlic mustard (Alliara petiolata). In 2019 a male visited the garden for the first time, followed by the female three years later. But the visits remained short-lived.
This year large clusters of the host plant bloom, producing a strong scent mark. That was picked up by a female that came fluttering into the garden, depositing an egg on at least four flower heads. Mission accomplished! Now for the final step: an adult eclosing in the garden.

The fresh egg is white and turns orange after a few days.

Orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines), egg on Garlic mustard (Alliara petiolata) after eight days
Orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines), fresh egg on Garlic mustard (Alliara petiolata)


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