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Species Colias gigantea - Giant Sulphur - Hodges#4222

Colias gigantea - male - female Colias gigantea - male - female
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows)
Subfamily Coliadinae (Sulphurs and Yellows)
Genus Colias
Species gigantea (Giant Sulphur - Hodges#4222)
Hodges Number
4222
Size
Wing span: 2 - 2 3/4 inches (5.1 - 7 cm).(1)
Identification
Upper surface of male yellow with narrow black borders; lower surface without submarginal black spots. Female with 2 forms, yellow or white; both may have black border reduced or lacking.(1)
Range
Alaska south along Rocky Mountains to Wyoming.(1)
Habitat
Willow bogs.(1)
Season
One flight from June-July.(1)
Food
Caterpillar hosts: Dwarf willow (Salix reticulata).

Adult food: Flower nectar.(1)