Attributes of Phoebis sennae

Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis sennae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upper surface of male is lemon yellow with no markings. Female is yellow or white; outer edges of both wings with irregular black borders; upper forewing with dark spot in cell. Lower surface of hindwing of both sexes with 2 pink-edged silver spots.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 3 1/8 inches (5.7 - 8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol with rapid flight, searching for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on young leaves or flower buds of host plants; caterpillars eat leaves and rest on underside of leaf petioles.
Flight: Many flights year around in the Deep South; may have one flight in late summer in other southern states; immigrants to northern states in August or September usually do not reproduce.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from many different flowers with long tubes including cordia, bougainvilla, cardinal flower, hibiscus, lantana, and wild morning glory.
Habitat: Disturbed open areas including parks, yards, gardens, beaches, road edges, abandoned fields, scrub.
Range: Permanent resident from Argentina north to southern Texas and the Deep South. Regular visitor and occasional colonist in most of the eastern United States and the Southwest.
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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August 10, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 28, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 janakcyrus Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2015 Details
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August 24, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 deannalack Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 08, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 Ken Cheeks Burke County, Georgia, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 Niayre DeKalb County, Georgia, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States August 06, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 lostpineslife Bastrop County, Texas, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Melinda Fawver Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 flaflwrgrl Columbia County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 peterogers15 Brevard County, Florida, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 12, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 carol babeli Los Angeles County, California, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2015 Details
October 08, 2014 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 Teresa Jacobs Clinch County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
September 12, 2014 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 cahill@graysoncable.com Grayson County, Texas, United States June 05, 2015 Details
January 18, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 29, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 02, 2015 Details
October 04, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 23, 2015 Details
November 12, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 23, 2015 Details
March 19, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
November 30, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
November 21, 2012 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States April 06, 2015 Details