Anthocharis belia

Moroccan Orange Tip

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by Matt Rowlings

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

Field notes and information

This is the yellow orange tip of north Africa. It is widespread extending even into desert areas.

Identification & Similar species: No other similar species fly in north Africa.

Distribution & Flight: Throughout north Africa into northern desert regions. It is single brooded flying as early as February in the hotest places, more normally April/ May. Summer individuals are reported occasionally.

Habitat & Behaviour: Edges of cultivation, flowery places, woodland edges and scrubland.

Variation: There are two generally recognised subspecies. belia: most of north Africa. androgyne: SW Morocco in the Anti Atlas. Almost lacks underside hindwing markings.

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Cap Bon, Tunisia, April 1999 (m) (c) Peter Rowlings

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Agadir, Morocco, April 2013