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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September 12, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 stomlins701 Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 25, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 yardbird Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Wayne County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Lewis County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Niayre DeKalb County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 stephen stedman Carroll County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 stephen stedman Benton County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 07, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 29, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States August 29, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 polson123 Columbus County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 vision_m Texas, Morris County, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 21, 2014 Details
February 05, 2014 janazak Morelos, Mexico August 11, 2014 Details
January 10, 2014 DJHiker Guantanamo, Cuba August 11, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 TallyCannon Leon County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 klgraves Pima County, Arizona, United States August 05, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States August 05, 2014 Details
October 07, 2006 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 MAKI Orange County, California, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 28, 2013 xraygirlld Morgan County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 OCDawn Orange County, California, United States July 07, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 31, 2014 Details
January 23, 2014 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States May 28, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 wtjones Highlands County, Florida, United States May 27, 2014 Details
March 05, 2014 randimal San Diego County, California, United States May 21, 2014 Details
April 09, 2010 Desirai Fulton County, Georgia, United States April 21, 2014 Details
March 20, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States March 20, 2014 Details
January 03, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic March 10, 2014 Details