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Species Phoebis philea - Orange-barred Sulphur - Hodges#4229

Orange-barred Sulphur larva - yellow form - Phoebis philea Sharing a meal - Phoebis philea caterpillar - Phoebis philea orange-barred sulphur - Phoebis philea - female sulphur - Phoebis philea Butterfly ID please - Phoebis philea - female Orange-barred Sulphur - Phoebis philea Orange-Barred Sulphur - Phoebis philea
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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 Phoebis
Species philea (Orange-barred Sulphur - Hodges#4229)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phoebis philea (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Papilio philea Linnaeus 1763
Wingspan 70 -100 mm
Larva to about 60 mm
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 (MPG)
Gardens, edges of woods, roadsides
In south Florida, 2-3 broods through spring and summer. All year in tropics.
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
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.
See Also
Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe
Larva of Phoebis sennae is somewhat similar, especially yellow form.
Print References
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)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.