The Falcate Orangetip is a unique little butterfly. The forewings have a hooked tip giving the butterfly the falcate name but the orange tip can be deceiving because only the males have orange on their wings. The females are completely white with a single black spot. The underside of the hind wing on the Falcate Orange is a beautiful gray-marbled pattern.



Male Orangetip Butterfly” by Phil Mclver, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0)



Female Orangetip Butterfly” by Max Davies, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Falcate Orangetip Facts

Butterfly Family: Pieridae

Butterfly Subfamily: Pierinae

Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 1 3/4 inches

Habitat: Open, wet woods along waterways, open swamps, occasionally dry woods and ridgetops


Falcate Orangetip Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Broadleaf Toothwart
  • Slender Toothwart
  • Cutleaf Toothwart
  • Tower Rock Cress
  • Lyre-leaved Rock Cress
  • Bittercress

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Spring Beauty
    • Violets
    • Bluet
    • Glade Sandwort
  • Mustards