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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June 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2016 Details
August 02, 2015 raptorrunner Thurston County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
October 15, 2015 PDunwiddie Las Animas County, Colorado, United States May 22, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 01, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 02, 2016 estaengl Nelson County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
June 17, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States March 26, 2016 Details
March 21, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 21, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 Shay Noggle Stark County, Ohio, United States March 20, 2016 Details
May 27, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States March 07, 2016 Details
March 04, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 04, 2016 Details
March 24, 2012 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
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February 21, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States February 21, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
September 04, 2011 marquy Wayne County, Michigan, United States February 15, 2016 Details
November 06, 2011 joanne.russo Windham County, Vermont, United States February 15, 2016 Details
August 01, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
June 05, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
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