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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October 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States October 26, 2014 Details
October 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 26, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 Kazumi Barren County, Kentucky, United States October 24, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 Pauline Brock Quebec, Canada October 05, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States October 04, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States September 30, 2014 Details
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September 24, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 25, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 genealogygenie Miami County, Kansas, United States September 21, 2014 Details
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September 02, 2014 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada September 05, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2014 Details
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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
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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
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 17, 2014 dendroica5 York County, Maine, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 28, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 Doug Bruce Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 27, 2014 Details
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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