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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September 25, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 09, 2016 Mapper Fremont County, Wyoming, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States September 14, 2016 Details
September 09, 2016 photog_artist Williamson County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 Hailee Rae De Witt County, Illinois, United States September 08, 2016 Details
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September 05, 2016 davidboon Lucas County, Ohio, United States September 05, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 25, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
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June 25, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada August 23, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
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August 19, 2016 Veggie Steve Warren County, Ohio, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 16, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2016 Details
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July 16, 2016 Reslab Ohio, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 01, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 SherriWood Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 27, 2016 Details
October 16, 2014 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States July 26, 2016 Details
September 07, 2014 DCLinck Cattaraugus County, New York, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
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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