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Close-up photo of adult Julia's Orangetip butterfly

Little Groundhog Mtn, Lane Co, July 8 - male

Julia's Orangetip

Anthocharis julia

AKA Julia Orangetip

Size: 1.25 - 1.5 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Male white above, with bold orange FW tip. Female pale yellow-green above with smaller orange patch near FW tip. Below patchy marbling with light yellow veins.

Similar species: Sara's Orangetip, which occurs only along the California border is very similar and difficult to distinguish in the field where they overlap. The two species are distinguished by several characteristics, including larval characteristics, number of overwintering cycles, and shape and color of the chrysalis.


Host plant: Crucifers including several rockcresses.

Habitat: Wide variety of open habitats.

Range: Found throughout Oregon.

Season: Mid-March to mid-August

Abundance: Common


Conservation Status: Secure

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