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Whites and Sulphurs (family Pieridae)

Among the most abundant and conspicuous in gardens, fields, and other open areas.


Usually some shade of yellow, orange, or white. Always perch with wings closed, but upperside pattern may be seen faintly through wing.

Clouded/Orange Sulphur (Colias philodice/eurytheme) - [2005] 2006

Clouded/Orange Sulphur

Colias philodice/eurytheme

Familiar bright yellow species ranges across the continent. Very common in fields and along roadsides. Adults visit mud and flowers. Flies spring to fall.

Larval foodplants: White clover, alfalfa, and other legumes.

Clouded/Orange Sulphur (Colias philodice/eurytheme)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - 2006

Cloudless Sulphur

Phoebis sennae

Very common in southern regions. Often seen at flowers or at mud. Tends to move into the north every year, mainly in late summer. Flight is strong and rapid.

Larval foodplants: Senna

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)