Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(Cramer) - (see long discussion of placement in Abaeis here
Orig. Comb: Papilio nicippe Cramer, 1779
Syn: Eurema nicippe (Cramer)
Explanation of Names
"sleepy" refers to relatively slow flight.
A medium-sized Pierid with a rather slow flight, usually close to the ground. Upperside of wings flash a lovely burnt orange. Underside of wings have variable markings: in winter form, underside of hindwing is brick red, brown, or tan; in summer form it is orange-yellow. Diagonal brown markings on underside of hindwings are distinguishable in all variations.
e US and less commonly to s CA / s to C. Amer. / W. Indies - Map
Open areas, road sides, old fields with nectar and/or host plants.
All year in southern parts of range, mid-summer to fall further north.
Larvae feed on Cassia
species (most former species of Cassia
are now placed in Senna
). In southeastern United States, the host is often Java-bean
, also known as Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia