Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Previous events


Species Pyrisitia lisa - Little Yellow - Hodges#4237

Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa Pyrisitia lisa  - Pyrisitia lisa Little Sulfur Butterfly - Pyrisitia lisa yellow butterfly - Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow - Pyrisitia lisa - female Is this a Little Yellow? - Pyrisitia lisa UnknownButterfly87 - Pyrisitia lisa
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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.