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ID Request - Kricogonia lyside

ID Request - Kricogonia lyside
Camp Wood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
June 30, 2014
Might this be the Lyside Sulphur - Hodges#4235 Kricogonia lyside? Probably not needed for the Guide. If you frass I will delete.

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ID Request - Kricogonia lyside ID Request - Kricogonia lyside


Moved from Florida White.

Moved from ID Request.

Nice find

Thank you
Cliff. That looks good. I have never heard of them. At first I thought it was a Sulphur.

The above view
was really helpful and got me on the right track. Sometimes it is important to capture and get an above view.

The bug is Kricogonia lyside.

This bug does not exhibit the contrasting
white vein of the HW below or the pale yellow above of Lyside sulphur. The shape of the FW is indicative as well as body conformation of Florida White which is a Texas stray. Also this specimen is white above with a brown/black edged border of the FW which is typical of female Florida White. Lyside does not typically have a black border of the FW above. The yellow-orange of the wing bases below is a primary characteristic of Florida white. Also this butterfly matches images of Florida Whites in Butterflies of America.
Since you have indicated that this is a Lyside, I would appreciate your reasoning for such.

Where to begin
1. Ground color and vein are not reliable. K. lyside is *incredibly* variable.
2. FW shape is pointed. Does not indicate G. drusilla at all.
3. K. lyside frequently has the brown FW scaling. More often than not.
4. Green scaling on this specimen indicates lyside. G. drusilla *always* has a pure white ground color. No green ever.
5. G. drusilla does have yellow in females, usually a little more than this specimen.
6. G. drusilla is twice this size. It's a fairly large Pierid.
7. Short antennae indicate K. lyside. Dead giveaway.
8. K. lyside swarms in the millions, especially in that region of TX. I've seen many come to light. I've seen 1 drusilla in 22 years in TX.

No butterfly expert will agree this is drusilla.

I agree that the green scaling is very indicative of lyside
and that there is considerable variation within the species which gives it some of the G. drusilla characteristics. Thanks for the list of characteristics such as body and antennae size.

Thank you James.

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