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Family Pieridae - Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows

February butterfly - Pieris rapae Checkered white - Pontia protodice - female Colias eurytheme Sulphur - Clouded or Orange? - Colias eurytheme - female help ID yet another butterfly - Eurema daira Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)? - Colias eurytheme Sulphur 498A 2563 &2564 - Colias eurytheme Clouded Sulphur or Orange Sulphur? - Colias philodice
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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)
Other Common Names
Pierids
Numbers
~60 spp. in 16 genera in our area, ~1,100 spp. in ~80 genera total
Identification
Adults, medium to small wings white, yellow, or orange, with some black or red; many have hidden ultraviolet patterns used in courtship.
Food
larval hosts are mostly Brassicaceae; for most Sulphurs, Fabaceae
Life Cycle
There may be more than one generation per year. Females lay columnar eggs on leaves, buds or stems. Usually overwinter as larvae or pupae.