Attributes of Phoebis philea

Orange-barred Sulphur
Phoebis philea (Linnaeus, 1763)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upperside of male bright yellow-orange; forewing has red-orange bar and hindwing has red-orange outer margin. The two forms of the female, one off-white and the other yellow-orange, are much larger than the male. Both have upperside of forewing with solid black cell spot and a submarginal row of broken, angled black smudges. Outer half of hindwing of yellow form is red-orange.
Wing Span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10.2 cm).
Life History: Swift, high fliers. Females lay single eggs on leaves and flowers of host plants; caterpillars prefer to feed on the flowers. Development is continous in the wet season.
Flight: Two-three flights in Florida, one in northern range from mid-late summer.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from many different flowers.
Habitat: Open lowland sites such as gardens, forest edges, parks, road edges.
Range: Resident from Brazil north to peninsular Florida and the Keys. Irregular wanderer to south Texas; extremely rare vagrant in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 11, 2014 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 briankedwards Sarasota County, Florida, United States September 04, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 awhite369 Sarasota County, Florida, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 awhite369 Sarasota County, Florida, United States July 30, 2014 Details
December 10, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic March 11, 2014 Details
April 07, 2013 bejart Broward County, Florida, United States January 28, 2014 Details
July 15, 2013 Olivier SWIFT Veracruz-Llave, Mexico January 27, 2014 Details
November 01, 2013 Corey Trinkl Volusia County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
November 08, 2013 kulaw301 Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
October 17, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 MaryAnn Friedman Okaloosa County, Florida, United States October 08, 2013 Details
November 18, 2006 JerryE Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 14, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 mgrosselet Veracruz-Llave, Mexico August 27, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 Brenda Lepuschitz Seminole County, Florida, United States August 15, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States August 14, 2013 Details
March 13, 2013 pesto Palm Beach County, Florida, United States August 14, 2013 Details
June 19, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States July 31, 2013 Details
June 19, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 Richard L. Becker Duval County, Florida, United States July 14, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 LMurrell Polk County, Florida, United States June 25, 2013 Details
May 12, 2013 dswank Orange County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 16, 2013 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
December 11, 2012 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States May 09, 2013 Details
May 01, 2013 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States May 09, 2013 Details
November 24, 2011 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 18, 2013 Details
November 24, 2011 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 18, 2013 Details
October 11, 2012 Ltappan Texas, Travis County, United States March 27, 2013 Details
December 07, 2012 markgraham St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States March 13, 2013 Details
January 29, 2013 PDunwiddie Lee County, Florida, United States March 09, 2013 Details
September 26, 2008 Shirley Wilkerson Texas, United States, Washington County March 07, 2013 Details
January 12, 2013 Wallwiz Seminole County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
November 25, 2012 JAKeverline Texas, United States, Williamson County January 04, 2013 Details
August 17, 1968 stomlins701 Texas, United States, Webb County December 26, 2012 Details
December 25, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 26, 2012 Details
August 22, 1990 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 27, 1983 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 18, 1983 legacy.reporter (Ken Hansen) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 29, 1990 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 25, 1990 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 10, 2001 legacy.reporter (Marcus Lindberg) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 20, 2003 legacy.reporter (Priscilla & Hank Brodkin) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 24, 2005 legacy.reporter (Robert Behrstock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 18, 2005 John Saba (John Saba) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 22, 2012 jkbckayaker Polk County, Florida, United States November 07, 2012 Details
August 05, 2012 anislandmom Brevard County, Florida, United States August 20, 2012 Details