Attributes of Abaeis nicippe

Sleepy Orange
Abaeis nicippe (Cramer, 1779)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upperside of wings orange in both sexes; orange-yellow form rare. Forewing with small black cell spot. Male with sharply defined black borders on outer and costal margins; female borders not so well-defined. In winter form, underside of hindwing is brick red, brown, or tan; in summer form it is orange-yellow.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 2 1/4 inches (3.5 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol flats and gullies for females. Females lay eggs singly under host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves. Dry season form overwinters and lays eggs in spring.
Flight: Four-five flights, all year long, in southern Texas and Deep South. Mid- to late summer in the north.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from many species of flowers, including shepherd's needle (Bidens pilosa).
Habitat: Low elevation areas including pine flats, fields, desert scrub, gardens, vacant lots, road edges, and washes.
Range: Central America north to along the United States-Mexico border; vagrant to non-mountainous parts of the eastern U. S. south of 40 latitude; rare stray to Ontario, Connecticut, South Dakota, and Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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November 27, 2016 ncowey Bastrop County, Texas, United States November 28, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Cathy Miller Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States November 27, 2016 Details
November 03, 2016 Jeff Trahan Edwards County, Texas, United States November 19, 2016 Details
November 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States November 14, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States November 02, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 Geni Certain Talladega County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 HHowell Roane County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 curtis.lehman Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States October 19, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 cosmic_cat McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States October 03, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 edcope Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 duebici Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States September 03, 2016 Details
December 15, 2013 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 webielenberg Blount County, Tennessee, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 wtjones Polk County, Florida, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States July 31, 2016 Details
April 22, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 28, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States July 27, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 Doug Taron Cook County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 henryr10 Hamilton County, Ohio, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2016 Details
May 11, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
July 15, 2015 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 18, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
October 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 10, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States June 09, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States May 31, 2016 Details