Sara Orange Tip [Anthocaris sara] Adult Insect Images
Photos of this female were taken on 4-8-2006...
The is the summer form of the species, known as A. Sara Sara. It flies from about late april (at lower altitudes) until late June (higher altitudes). Compared to the spring form, "Reakirti" it has less black markings on the upper side, and less marbling on the underside of the hind wings. The yellow coloration is common in the females in some populations, but only rarely occurs in the males.
The spring form, "Reakirti" is shown below. It is smaller than the summer form, and more heavily marked in black on top and marbling on the underside. The yellow coloration is even less common in the females than the summer form, and very rare in the males
The set below shows the spring and summer forms side-by-side. On the top row; a male, female and underside of typical A. Sara Sara. The female has some light yellow coloration. The second row shows 3 examples of the spring form in the same order. The bottom row shows a male and female summer form (left and center) and one heavily-marked spring form female (right).
The next set show a number of variations and abberations of the Spring form. The left specimen on the lower row is missing the orange color and instead has a greenish-yellow tint.
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