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Falcate Orangetip - Anthocharis midea

Falcate Orangetip - Anthocharis midea
McCormack Lake, near Greer, Missouri, USA
May 5, 2010
Resembles Cloudless Sulphur.
On Toothwort Cardamine concatenata.(Mustard family)



I don't have my books with me...
... at the moment, but I seem to remember that Orangetip (genus Anthocharis) caterpillars look similar to this and that Toothwort is one of their host plants. The only photo on Bugguide is of a western species: .

... now that I have David Wagner's Caterpillars of Eastern North America in hand, your photo looks very much like the Falcate orangetip cat shown on page 87 of that book. He does not mention any other species in the genus, and A. midea is the only one to show up in Bugguide's records for your area. Maybe an expert will weigh in and confirm or refute this as a potential ID.

thanks its happily eating mustard flowers and maybe we shall have an adult soon to confirm this thanks so much.

I missed that
cat on p87 since it wasn't green and seemed more patterned - but read the description in my book after you wrote. Seems you might have it. Thanks for your persistance!

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