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Orange and White Butterfly - Anthocharis julia - female

Orange and White Butterfly - Anthocharis julia - Female
Adair Village, Benton County, Oregon, USA
May 4, 2011

Moved from Orangetips.

This is an Orangetip in the "Sara" complex
I think the proper name for this taxon is "flora", but I need to do some checking on the current state of affairs with the naming of these things. Right now they are a bit of a confused mess on BugGuide, so I'm just going to place yours under the genus for the moment until the names get sorted out more logically. The Butterflies of America website has them all under one species Anthocharis sara as assorted subspecies, but the thinking of the experts is leaning more and more toward the idea that there are more than one species involved, in which case "flora" will probably end up under A. julia. Neither the "Julia Orangetip" nor the subspecies flora have a place on BugGuide yet, but I'll try to sort all that out soon. Yours is a female.

Moved from ID Request.

Anthocharis julia flora
Correct. Ssp. flora is a julia.

Orangetip - Anthocharis
Looks like a Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara, perhaps the stella variety? Just a guess... nice find!

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