Anthocharis cardamines


Wingspan 40 - 52mm. From above both male and female have white wings with black corners and a black spot on the fore-wings, but the male also has the orange-tip. The outer edge of the black corners has a border of white spots, not found on other whites. The underside of the hind wing is beautifully patterned with a tracery of green markings.


Woodland edge and hedgerows and damp meadows. The adults feed on nectar from a variety of flowers and the caterpillar feeds on garlic mustard and cuckoo flower.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England, Wales and lowland Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to June in one brood.