Attributes of Colias christina

Christina Sulphur
Colias christina W.H. Edwards, 1863

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upperside of male bright yellow with wide black border; orange morph is orange with yellow at costa and wing bases. Female pale yellow to greenish white with border blurry, incomplete, or absent; orange morph dull orange with wide black borders and dark veins. Underside of both sexes with pink wing fringes and golden yellow hindwing; orange morph green-gray to orange; both with dark overscales. Note that Krauth\'s Sulphur (Colias krauthi) of Ferris is included here.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 inches (4.5 - 6.3 cm).
Life History: Males patrol in valleys or open areas near host plants for females. Females lay eggs singly on host plant leaves. Late-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: May-September, mainly one flight (June-July).
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants of the pea family (Fabaceae) including showy locoweed.
Adult Food:
Habitat: Open areas including meadows, sagebrush flats, conifer forest openings, power-line cuts, prairies.
Range: Alaska south through prairie provinces of central Canada n. Wyoming and w. South Dakota.
Conservation: Some populations affected by grazing and fire suppression.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery
Management Needs: Not reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 09, 2011 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States November 27, 2011 Details
July 05, 1992 Norbert Kondla British Columbia, Canada February 13, 2011 Details
July 01, 1992 Norbert Kondla British Columbia, Canada February 13, 2011 Details
July 01, 1992 Norbert Kondla British Columbia, Canada February 13, 2011 Details
July 01, 1988 stevekohler (Steve Kohler) Granite County, Montana, United States January 29, 2008 Details
July 24, 1999 stevekohler (Steve Kohler) Madison County, Montana, United States January 29, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alaska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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