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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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
August 09, 2015 stephen stedman Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 Carolyn Seaton York County, South Carolina, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 Bill Emch Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Melinda Fawver Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 13, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 10, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 05, 2015 Details