Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Lincoln, Nebraska
Greensboro, North Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Nov 12, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Synonym name is Abaeis nicippe. I don't know which name is the current acceptable name. I have seen Abaeis nicippe listed as the "standard name" with Eurema nicippe then noted as a synonym. The larger number of images appear when searching for Eurema nicippe so perhaps it is the current acceptable name. Another common name for this butterfly is nicippe sulfur.


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

Wing span: 1 3/8 - 2 1/4 inches (3.5 - 5.7 cm).

Identification: Upperside of wings orange in both sexes; orange-yellow form rare. Forewing with small black cell spot. Male with sharply defined black borders on outer and costal margins; female borders not so well-defined. In winter form, underside of hindwing is brick red, brown, or tan; in summer form it is orange-yellow.

Life history: Males patrol flats and gullies for females. Females lay eggs singly under host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves. Dry season form overwinters and lays eggs in spring.

Flight: Four-five flights, all year long, in southern Texas and Deep South. Mid- to late summer in the north.

Caterpillar hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
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