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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October 02, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States December 05, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 05, 2016 Details
November 20, 2016 Chris Durden Cameron County, Texas, United States December 02, 2016 Details
November 17, 2016 ShooprDoopr San Diego County, California, United States November 20, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States November 20, 2016 Details
November 18, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 19, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 stephen stedman Hardin County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 virtualhorizon Texas, United States, Wichita County October 30, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 21, 2016 PVShores58 Los Angeles County, California, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 mercretas Brevard County, Florida, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 dbruce Lee County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 20, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 11, 2016 mellielong Collier County, Florida, United States October 13, 2016 Details
October 11, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2016 Details
October 08, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 05, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 03, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States October 04, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 27, 2016 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States September 28, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 rmorgan Denton County, Texas, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 15, 2016 cbruner Yuma County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 22, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 totonka Davidson County, Tennessee, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States September 19, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 treichard San Diego County, California, United States September 16, 2016 Details