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:

Images of Abaeis nicippe

Click on an image to view full size and to see additional details.



Abaeis nicippe - eurema_nicippe_egg_raisingbutterflies.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - eurema_nicippe_egg_raisingbutterflies.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - eurema_nicippe_caterpillar1_raisingbutterflies.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - eurema_nicippe_caterpillar1_raisingbutterflies.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - nicippemmsm0675.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - nicippemmsm0675.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - abaeis_nicippe102007c.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - abaeis_nicippe102007c.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - Abaeis_nicippeKsGrantJuly21-05CarolAdams-crop.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - Abaeis_nicippeKsGrantJuly21-05CarolAdams-crop.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - SleepyOrange_small.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - SleepyOrange_small.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - Abaeis_nicippeSpicer.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - Abaeis_nicippeSpicer.jpg
Abaeis nicippe - 182837.jpg

Abaeis nicippe - 182837.jpg





The map below displays all BAMONA data for this species and has three different data layers:
1. All records (yellow dots)   2. Recently verified records (orange dots)*   3. US county records (purple)

How to use the map:
Click on the map and move your mouse to pan.
Zoom by using the plus [+] and minus [-] on the left side of the map.
To change which map layers are displayed, click on the plus sign [+] on the right side of the map and turn on/off the data layers and base layers.

*The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 400 most recently verified sightings of this species. Sometimes, there are several records at the same location. Use the table view to access these records.

By default, the fifty most recently verified sightings are below. Sort by Observation Date to see the most recent sightings, or filter the sightings by region to get a regional list.

See more recently verified sightings of all species.

You don't have Javascript enabled. Hover for more information! But don't worry: you can still use this web site! You have two options:
  • enable Javascript in your browser and then refresh this page, for a much enhanced experience.
  • click the Update button every time you want to update the selection.
Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
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
May 30, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County May 31, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 D. Dodd Texas, United States, Val Verde County May 27, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 D. Dodd Brewster County, Texas, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 12, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 Mike Dillon Hartley County, Texas, United States May 11, 2016 Details
April 25, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 PONYRCR Riverside County, California, United States April 04, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 PDunwiddie Bexar County, Texas, United States March 28, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 ColoradEO Gilpin County, Colorado, United States March 02, 2016 Details
December 29, 2015 Melinda Fawver Anderson County, Tennessee, United States December 29, 2015 Details
November 13, 2015 Sue Allie Lake County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2015 Details
October 23, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States November 12, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States October 17, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 KristyBaker Marion County, Tennessee, United States October 05, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 AJ Trently Fayette County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 grayhairstreak Brewster County, Texas, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 Lisag Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 HHowell Georgia, United States, Walker County August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details