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Dainty Sulphur, Dwarf Yellow (Nathalis iole)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Pueblo, Colorado
Apopka, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
San Isidro, Texas
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Members' Notes:


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

Wing span: 3/4 - 1 1/4 inches (2 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Small, with elongated forewings. Upperside yellow with black markings, female with more extensive black than male. White form very rare. Underside of forewing with orange or yellow patch at base of wing and black spots at outer wing edge. Winter form has dusty green hindwing, summer form hindwing is pale yellow.

Life history: Males patrol a few inches above the ground in low areas for females. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of host plant seedlings. Adults rest with wings closed and held perpendicular to the sun's rays to warm themselves.

Flight: Throughout the year in peninsular Florida and South Texas. After overwintering as adults in the South, some migrate north in spring and summ... read more