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Species Pyrisitia lisa - Little Yellow - Hodges#4237

Little Sulfur Butterfly - Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa Little yellows - Pyrisitia lisa sulphur -- Nathalis iole? - Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa sulphur - Pyrisitia lisa UnknownButterfly77 - Pyrisitia lisa Tiny yellow butterfly...size was definitely smaller than most of the sulphurs I normally see - Pyrisitia lisa
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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 Pyrisitia
Species lisa (Little Yellow - Hodges#4237)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Little Sulphur
Little Sulfur
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eurema lisa
placed in genus Pyrisitia, as per the classification of Opler and Warren and All-Leps (see discussion here)
Wingspan 32-44 mm
Adult: small pierid with weak flight, similar to Sleepy Orange but smaller and much more yellow. Forewing upperside has broad dark margin. Hindwing underside has two (occasionally just one) basal black spots.
Central America through southern United States. Much of US range represents seasonal colonization from further south. (Butterflies and Skippers of North America)
Open areas, old fields.
All year in subtropical areas, late spring to fall in temperate areas.
Larvae feed on Cassia species. Also Bundleflower Desmanthus virgatus (Berry Nall)
Life Cycle
1.female ovpositing 2.egg 3.early instar larva 4.later instar larva 6.empty chrysalis

Life cycle photos by Berry Nall
See Also
Mimosa Yellow - Pyrisitia nise - lacks two dark spots on leading edge of underside of hindwing
Sleepy Orange - Abaeis nicippe larger and orange, not yellow
Print References
Glassberg (1)
Brock and Kaufman (2)
Scott (3)
Internet References
Butterflies and Skippers of North America species account and US distribution map (
Will Cook's page on this species--with his usual elegant photos
USDA is not an invasive species
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.