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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April 12, 2014 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States April 15, 2014 Details
March 30, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States March 30, 2014 Details
July 18, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 25, 2014 Details
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March 20, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 22, 2014 Details
April 26, 2013 K Stilwell Buchanan County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
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October 08, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada March 14, 2014 Details
August 22, 2013 Sean Werle Chittenden County, Vermont, United States February 11, 2014 Details
July 05, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 21, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 26, 2014 Details
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November 14, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States November 16, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 marquy Wayne County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 07, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 07, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada November 03, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 31, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 26, 2013 Details
October 14, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 17, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 14, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States October 14, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 jim8435wisc Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 juliereid Ontario, Canada October 09, 2013 Details
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October 09, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 09, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 VidyaVenkat New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 treichard Tompkins County, New York, United States October 08, 2013 Details
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October 02, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada October 04, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States October 04, 2013 Details
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September 13, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 26, 2013 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada September 27, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 jim8435wisc Clark County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States September 25, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 24, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 21, 2013 Details
September 20, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 21, 2013 Details
June 27, 2010 cgreiner Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States September 19, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 19, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 18, 2013 Details
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