Attributes of Colias philodice

Clouded Sulphur
Colias philodice Godart, 1819

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upper surface of male wings bright, clear yellow with solid black edging; lower side of forewing with some dark submarginal spots; hindwing with silver cell spot rimmed with orange-pink, usually doubled. Female has 2 forms: yellow form with uneven black edging enclosing yellow spots, and a white form which is greenish-white rather than yellow. Spring and fall forms are smaller and less conspicuously marked.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 2 3/4 inches (3.8 - 7 cm).
Life History: Eggs laid singly on host; caterpillars eat leaves. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.
Flight: Three flights in the north from May-October, 4-5 in the south from March-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including alfalfa (Medicago sativa), white clover (Trifolium repens), and pea (Pisum sativum).
Adult Food: Flower nectar of many plants.
Habitat: Many different open areas including fields, lawns, alfalfa and clover fields, road edges, meadows.
Range: Alaska south through central and southeast Canada, all of conterminous United states except much of California, south Texas, and most of Florida.
Conservation: Not required.
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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February 05, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States February 05, 2016 Details
November 26, 2015 SpadGuy Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States January 29, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
September 05, 2011 mareth Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States January 26, 2016 Details
August 09, 2011 Jody Ontario, Canada January 20, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 ncrosbyrd Delta County, Colorado, United States January 18, 2016 Details
December 25, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States January 11, 2016 Details
December 24, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States December 29, 2015 Details
July 18, 2014 doris potter Quebec, Canada December 04, 2015 Details
July 13, 2014 Pauline Brock Quebec, Canada December 03, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States December 03, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2015 Details
November 11, 2015 ralphminer Cook County, Illinois, United States November 12, 2015 Details
November 08, 2015 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada November 10, 2015 Details
November 03, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada November 03, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 aarongunnar Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States October 23, 2015 Details
September 29, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada October 20, 2015 Details
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September 12, 2015 Paul Prappas British Columbia, Canada October 19, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 ButterBelle Blount County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 09, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 08, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 DWilde Waldo County, Maine, United States October 07, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States October 05, 2015 Details
October 02, 2015 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States October 02, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States October 01, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 doublej McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 26, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 rbuist Manitoba, Canada September 22, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 22, 2015 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada September 22, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States September 19, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 16, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 14, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 14, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 rogerashton Wayne County, New York, United States September 13, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada September 09, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 Kzfisherman Grant County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States September 04, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada September 03, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 ngause1 Page County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 catmint20906 Montgomery County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details