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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July 08, 2014 Sean Werle Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 30, 2014 Details
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July 18, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 26, 2014 Details
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September 27, 2013 rbuist Saskatchewan, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
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July 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Johnson County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Molanic Du Page County, Illinois, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Daryl Hutton Ontario, Canada July 07, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 johngor Ontario, Canada July 05, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 05, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 04, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 02, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 27, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
August 28, 2012 ddodd Larimer County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 18, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 Picpourri Pierce County, Wisconsin, United States June 13, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada May 31, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada May 31, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada May 21, 2014 Details
October 09, 2011 NigelBI New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 05, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States May 05, 2014 Details
April 23, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 23, 2014 Details
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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