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.
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July 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 18, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 12, 2016 Details
September 23, 2013 nkorte1 Madison County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States July 06, 2016 Details
November 07, 2015 ncrosbyrd Cameron County, Texas, United States July 04, 2016 Details
November 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States June 26, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Melinda Fawver Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 woodymw Polk County, Florida, United States June 13, 2016 Details
April 06, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 Mzteachuh Riverside County, California, United States May 13, 2016 Details
August 27, 2015 iinv003 Union County, North Carolina, United States May 06, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
December 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Broward County, Florida, United States April 08, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County April 05, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 24, 2012 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 05, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County March 06, 2016 Details
September 23, 2015 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 29, 2016 Details
September 08, 2015 Billabundance Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States February 27, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
August 29, 2011 jmorth Sangamon County, Illinois, United States February 13, 2016 Details
February 06, 2016 Ken Linden Orange County, California, United States February 07, 2016 Details
January 31, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States January 31, 2016 Details
January 07, 2016 Dogsledding101 South Carolina, United States January 12, 2016 Details
December 13, 2015 peterogers15 Brevard County, Florida, United States December 31, 2015 Details
December 05, 2015 cosmic_cat Texas, Marion County, United States December 26, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic December 21, 2015 Details
December 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Broward County, Florida, United States December 08, 2015 Details
November 06, 2015 beckerla Pasco County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 29, 2015 Details
November 09, 2015 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States November 12, 2015 Details
November 08, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 09, 2015 Details
October 28, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States November 03, 2015 Details
October 29, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 28, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2015 Details
July 30, 2015 rtfxgaol Ventura County, California, United States October 24, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 Donna Sue Maller Dawson Ventura County, California, United States October 24, 2015 Details
August 23, 2013 Robert Epstein Manatee County, Florida, United States October 20, 2015 Details
October 12, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 17, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States October 17, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 dspicer Georgia, United States, Walker County October 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details