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

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

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

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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Member Notes:

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Neutral Magpye 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 in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Nectar from many different flowers.

Habitat: Open lowland sites such as gardens, forest edges, parks, road edges.

Range: Resident from Brazil north to peninsular Florida and the Keys. Irregular wanderer to south Texas; extremely rare vagrant in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.

Positive catbird8 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.


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