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 28, 2015 roseanna Casey County, Kentucky, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2015 Details
September 09, 2013 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 17, 2015 Details
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May 29, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada May 30, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 Pegasus24 Saratoga County, New York, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 ShaunaRyner Ontario, Canada May 21, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 14, 2015 Details
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April 10, 2015 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States April 10, 2015 Details
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July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 30, 2015 Details
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March 21, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 25, 2015 Details
August 10, 2014 Indy Entomologist Yukon-Koyukuk Borough, Alaska, United States March 21, 2015 Details
March 15, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 16, 2015 Details
August 25, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Washington County, Indiana, United States February 19, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States February 10, 2015 Details
September 05, 2014 kgito Windham County, Vermont, United States January 20, 2015 Details
October 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States December 06, 2014 Details
October 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States December 06, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 Jane Banks Ontario, Canada September 25, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 25, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 genealogygenie Miami County, Kansas, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 17, 2014 dendroica5 Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States September 18, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 11, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 09, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 09, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada September 05, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 JAKros Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 Laurie Cogswell Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States August 30, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada August 27, 2014 Details
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August 24, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 cherylgurnsey@bell.net Ontario, Canada August 24, 2014 Details
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July 31, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada August 22, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States August 20, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 jani Manitoba, Canada August 14, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Elaine Link Macoupin County, Illinois, United States August 03, 2014 Details