Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Bartow, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Waynesville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Abilene, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 7, 2010, paulatc from Maggie Valley, NC wrote:

This butterfly finally stopped long enough to be photographed - they have been very "flighty" for most of the summer, and don't stop on one spot for very long. Very common in this area, but sometimes difficult to distinguish from other sulphurs, because it's hard to get them to stay still long enough!


On Mar 22, 2009, rampbrat from Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Early last Nov. I spent a Sat. watching and taking pictures of dozens of sulphurs enjoying the flowers in my yard . They loved my pink and red salvias, but they adored my lavender and blue scabiosa! I counted over 50 on the lavender alone. They were joined by a few other butterflies including a lone monarch.


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

Wing span: 1 3/8 - 2 3/4 inches (3.5 - 7 cm).

Identification: Quite variable. Upperside of male yellow with orange overlay, yellow veins, wide black border, and dark black cell spot. Female yellow or white with irregular black border surrounding light spots. Underside hindwing spot silver with 2 concentric dark rings, and a spot above it.

Life history: Males patrol for receptive females, who lay eggs singly on top of host plant leaves. Most feeding takes place at night. Young caterpillars chew holes in the tops of leaves, then later feed from the leaf tip. Older caterpillars eat half of the leaf before moving to the other half. Chrysalids overwinter.

Flight: Two-three flights in the north from June-October, 4-5 in the south from March-November.<... read more