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Unknown chrysalis.. - Phoebis agarithe - female

Unknown chrysalis.. - Phoebis agarithe - Female
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
May 4, 2012
Size: >3CM
This interesting chrysalis is on Pithecellobium dulce. Thanks for any help.

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Unknown chrysalis.. - Phoebis agarithe - female Unknown chrysalis.. - Phoebis agarithe - female


This is a Sulphur pupa
However, I'm not sure the species. 3 cm sounds large for any Sulphur, perhaps it was a bit smaller? I suspect this is Aphrissa statira or Phoebis agarithe, but I'm not sure. Phoebis argante & P. agarithe can look similar (but I don't know if either is ever quite so strongly blotched). It could perhaps be genus Anteos. Some Eurema look similar, but would be much smaller than 3 cm. The plant might be a clue, but it wouldn't surprise me if all of these might use this plant. Phoebis (Rhabdodryas) trite can look pretty much exactly like this, but I doubt it occurs in Texas.

There are some photos of pupae of several of these species at Paraguay Biodiversidad here.

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like one of the Eurema species.

but what about that tether? i thought only swallowtails did that?

Also whites and sulfurs
Whites and sulfurs (Pieridae) use the tether as well. Some skippers, metalmarks, and Lycaenids do also, although their pupae are unlikely to be confused with Pierids or swallowtails. The Nymphalidae are the only family the doesn't ever use the tether, as far as I know...

far as i know
the only type butterfly who tethers itself like that, is a swallowtail but who? i will dig, but why dont you pick that branch and see who emerges?

Ok.. I don't like disturbing
Ok.. I don't like disturbing these things but if a positive ID isn't offered I'll do that. Thanks.

well paul has it
hes right!

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