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Joy! - Phoebis agarithe - female

Joy! - Phoebis agarithe - Female
DeSoto, Dallas County, Texas, USA
August 27, 2008
Size: medium-size butterfly
Is this a Large Orange Sulphur? I just happened to be in the garden when this one floated through for a snack. It looked white as it flew, but when the sunlight shone through the wings it showed tinges of yellow and pink, giving a rather opalescent effect.

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Joy! - Phoebis agarithe - female Joy! - Phoebis agarithe - female Joy! - Phoebis agarithe - female

Phoebis agarithe
It's a female "Large Orange Sulphur". The pattern varies a little from individual to individual, and the females can be white, pinkish, yellowish, orange, or just about anything in between. Sometimes the dark markings below are very strong, sometimes almost invisible (though the later state is rare in females). Males are (as far as I know) always orange. This is probably the second most common Phoebis (next to P. sennae) in much of Texas. It is more likely to move northward in the summer than is Orange-barred. The give-away is the nearly straight dark line (broken or not) on the under side of the fore wing. On P. sennae and P. philea it is disjointed and strongly offset.

Thank-you so much!
It is more satisfying to move something to the species page rather than to just the genus page, although I believe I would have been content only to have been there for the moment!

I think this could be an Orange-barred Sulphur

The line of smudges seems more broken than on Large Orange Sulphur.

Well, maybe. Now that I see them all together I'm not really sure. : )

I think I agree.
The line seems to be made up of little "v's" instead of a solid smudge, although the angle of light seems to make it look different each time. Seems that both are a "sometimes" visitor in the Dallas area with the Large Orange being more likely. I'll leave it here and see if someone else has an opinion!

If it was an orange giant sur
If it was an orange giant surely it would be orange? I know of albino females in various colias so maybe theres one here too?

Just had a look and found this:

Apparently there is such thing as a pink-white form in Phoebis agarithe.

Nice find!

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