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Moth or Butterfly - Phoebis agarithe

Moth or Butterfly - Phoebis agarithe
near San Benito, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Size: 1.25 inches
I found three of these on three different species of plants; all within 15 feet of each other. Would like to know if this is moth or butterfly and what species.
Thank you for your expertise and help.
Stan

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Moved
Moved from ID Request.

I think I discovered the ID: Phoebis agarithe
I discovered the species on my own(with assist from BugGuid.com); it is a Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe
I held the chrysalis up to the sun and I could see a yellow wing forming inside. I went to my book and studied the yellow and orange colored butterflies and found that the Large Orange Sulphur hosts on Texas Ebony(which I have many). I then plugged the scientific name into the BugGuide.com and came up with a photo of a chrysalis just like mine.
sos

 
Looks plausible
I'd recommend keeping one to see what it turns into to confirm ID for sure. It would be great to have both images on the site.

 
attempt to positive ID
I have three in my custody and will attempt to photograph all phases of the change to adult form.
SOS

 
Great
I look forward to seeing the series.

 
2 butterflies emerged
I was all set up to take photographs as the butterflies emerged from the chrysalis; I left for about a half hour and missed the whole process. I managed to get photographs of the butterflies drying their wings.

 
What Sulphur is this
I look at the adult butterfly markings and I'm not sure which Sulphur this is.

 
Neat
This was actually identified from the chrysalis as Phoebis agarithe. Look above the image and you'll notice the taxonomy. John and Jane Balaban moved it.

Certainly Butterfly
Any idea which plants it was on?

 
moth or butterfly
1. Elbow Bush (Forestirera pubescens)
2. Adelia vaseyi (scientific name same as common name)
3. Crucillo (Randia rhagocarpa) Rubiacea family
one chrysalis was found on each of the above listed plants. There are virtually hundreds of different native plant species within fifty feet of the chrysalis in question. I live on 3 acres with numerous native plant species. My property is about three miles from Mexico/USA boarder and this area has many species of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the USA.
Thank you for your help

Beautiful and so unusual
I can't wait to see what species this is!

 
moth or butterfly
I agree, beautiful and a mystery too.

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