Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colias
Species: philodice


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Bear, Delaware
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Oakland, Maryland
Roswell, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Bismarck, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 26, 2016, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

My spouse and I saw this butterfly on several occasions when we still lived in Orange County, CA.

We got several great photos of them in particular at the Environmental Nature Center. For anyone interested, here is a link to their website:


On Jun 29, 2009, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Clouded Sulphur and the closely related Orange Sulphur are said to be the most abundant native butterflies in Ohio.

We see them from springtime to fall in our sunny front yard nectaring on phlox, liatris, golden rods and milkweeds, and in the meadows of the nearby park, where there are red and white clovers and alfalfa, their favorite host plants.


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

Wing span: 1 1/2 - 2 3/4 inches (3.8 - 7 cm).

Identification: Upper surface of male wings bright, clear yellow with solid black edging; lower side of forewing with some dark submarginal spots; hindwing with silver cell spot rimmed with orange-pink, usually doubled. Female has 2 forms: yellow form with uneven black edging enclosing yellow spots, and a white form which is greenish-white rather than yellow. Spring and fall forms are smaller and less conspicuously marked.

Life history: Eggs laid singly on host; caterpillars eat leaves. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.

Flight: Three flights in the north from May-October, 4-5 in the south from March-November.

Caterpillar hosts: Plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including al... read more