Attributes of Appias drusilla

Florida White
Appias drusilla (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Male is solid white on both upper and lower surfaces of wings except for a narrow edging of black along the forewing costal margin. Female has 2 forms: the dry-season form is all white; the wet season form has black along the forewing costal margin and a yellow-orange upper hindwing.
Wing Span: 2 1/8 - 3 inches (5.3 - 7.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol with erratic flight, searching for females. Females lay single eggs at tips of developing host plant leaves. Caterpillars are shade-loving and feed during the night and on cloudy days.
Flight: Dry-season form from October-April, wet-season form from May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various plants in the family Putranjivaceae and family Brassicaceae, including Guiana plum (Drypetes lateriflora) and Limber Caper or Bayleaf Capertree (Capparis flexuosa) in Florida.
Adult Food: Flower nectar from a variety of weeds and garden plants including lantana and eupatorium.
Habitat: Tropical lowland evergreen or semideciduous forests.
Range: Tropical America from Brazil north to southern peninsular Florida and the Keys; Antilles. Frequently visits coastal Texas, rare stray to Nebraska and Colorado.
Conservation: Preserve hardwood hammock habitat in southern Florida.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Avoid mosquito fogging near this butterfly\'s habitat.
Taxonomy Notes:

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November 04, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic December 16, 2013 Details
October 30, 2010 blubayou Texas, Travis County, United States October 02, 2013 Details
July 14, 2012 anaeamark Monroe County, Florida, United States August 14, 2013 Details
July 15, 2012 anaeamark Monroe County, Florida, United States August 14, 2013 Details
November 09, 2011 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 19, 2013 Details
February 15, 2013 Doug Taron Jalisco, Mexico February 20, 2013 Details
August 30, 2011 JG_Duquesnel Monroe County, Florida, United States October 27, 2011 Details
August 08, 2011 choyt Texas, Medina County, United States August 18, 2011 Details
August 18, 1973 legacy.reporter (Ronald S. Wielgus) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 18, 2008 legacy.reporter (Carol Adams) Grant County, Kansas, United States October 24, 2008 Details
January 01, 2006 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Victoria County January 24, 2008 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico November 05, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) San Luis Potosi, Mexico November 05, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico November 05, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico November 05, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico November 05, 2007 Details
April 13, 2003 legacy.reporter (Rick Fleischer& Dale Clark) Texas, United States, Wise County April 02, 2007 Details
April 23, 1992 legacy.reporter Jackson County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
September 26, 2006 legacy.reporter Jalisco, Mexico January 31, 2007 Details
July 18, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Cameron County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
October 28, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Washington County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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