Orange-Barred Sulphur, Orange Barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pieridae (pee-AIR-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Phoebis
Species: philea


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deltona, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 25, 2006, catbird8 from Houston, TX wrote:

Have become convinced that this is the Orange-Barred Sulphur. They are evidently now resident in Houston, TX.
Earlier confusion caused by both Orange-Barred and Orange Giant nectaring, laying eggs and emerging on same senna / cassia bush. The one pictured was allowed to emerge indoors, then released, as shown.

Further to the above, have again confirmed the Orange-Barred Sulphur here in Houston, laying eggs on same bush as in 2006. Most butterfly books show this butterfly as being basically limited to Southern Florida.


On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10.2 cm).

Identification: Upperside of male bright yellow-orange; forewing has red-orange bar and hindwing has red-orange outer margin. The two forms of the female, one off-white and the other yellow-orange, are much larger than the male. Both have upperside of forewing with solid black cell spot and a submarginal row of broken, angled black smudges. Outer half of hindwing of yellow form is red-orange.

Life history: Swift, high fliers. Females lay single eggs on leaves and flowers of host plants; caterpillars prefer to feed on the flowers. Development is continous in the wet season.

Flight: Two-three flights in Florida, one in northern range from mid-late summer.

Caterpillar hosts: Cassia species i... read more