Hebomoia glaucippe

Great Orange Tip

Basic Information

General information

Family: Pieridae
Sub Family: Pierinae
Estimated Lifespan 14 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 19
Total Number of Pupae Received: 1565
First Flown On: 11/11/02
Last Flown On: 01/22/21

Species Range:

  • Asia

Host plants:

  • Crteva religiosa
  • Capparis mooni
  • C. cantoniensis

Food Source

The adults prefer to feed on small shrubs and ground cover vines such as Lantana and Musenda.

Etymology Of Name

The meaning of Hebomoia and glaucippe are currently unknown.


Found primarily in forest or low lying plains, usually along the forest edge in areas associated with water sources.

Life history

Males and females mate in the tree tops. Females that have mated lay their eggs on the upper side of the leaves. After hatching the larvae stay on the host plant feeding until they pupate.


The major flight of the Great Orange Tips is between May-June within their host range.

Fun Facts

While males and females basically look the same there are a couple of small differences. One of the largest differences is males have all white hind wings with brown spots along the edges.