Overview

Brief Summary

The Southwestern Orangetip, Anthocharis thoosa, is native to the southwestern United States.  It inhabits juniper, pinyon juniper, and pinyon woodlands from northern Nevada through Utah and western Colorado south to southeastern California , Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas.  Adult butterflies fly in the spring (January–May).  Caterpillars feed on a variety of mustards, family Brassicaceae.  

  • Opler, P.A. 1999. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. Second Edition. The Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York.
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Distribution

endemic to a single nation

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National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: Juniper and pinyon woodlands (Opler, 1999), mostly on hillsides.

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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Anthocharis thoosa

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

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United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Wikipedia

Anthocharis sara thoosa

The Southwestern Orangetip (Anthocharis thoosa) is a butterfly which has a range of mainly the USA Rocky Mountains down into Mexico.


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