Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phoebis philea (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Papilio philea Linnaeus 1763
Below, similar to the more widespread Cloudless Sulphur, but more orange, especially at the rear of hindwings (female). Slightly larger than Cloudless Sulphur.
The male has few markings but the upperside of the forewing has an orange patch. The female color ranges from yellow to white, with a broad orange-tinged band on the edge of the upper hindwing, and more(and darker) spotting than the male.
Larva is usually green with black stripes, although a yellow form also occurs when it feeds on yellow flowers of its host plant.
TX, FL with strays to the north and west / south to Brazil / W. Indies - Map
Gardens, edges of woods, roadsides
In south Florida, 2-3 broods through spring and summer. All year in tropics.
Larvae feed on Cassia species, as do other members of the genus Phoebis. The Orange-barred Sulphur especially likes Candlebush, Cassia (Senna) alata, as a hostplant.
Common in southern Florida. Glassberg (1)
states that this species colonized Florida only in the 1920's.
Larva of Phoebis sennae is somewhat similar, especially yellow form.
Glassberg, plate 11--photos, p. 59--text. (1)
Brock and Kaufmann, pp. 74-75. (2)
Scott, p. 205--description, color plate 13 and shows ultraviolet pattern fig. 34. (3)