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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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
October 21, 2012 captaincarl Allen County, Indiana, United States April 05, 2015 Details
April 02, 2015 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 03, 2015 Details
September 30, 2014 MelindaM Warrick County, Indiana, United States March 31, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States March 20, 2015 Details
August 12, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States March 15, 2015 Details
October 16, 2014 treichard Coweta County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2015 Details
October 18, 2014 treichard Fayette County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2015 Details
February 23, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 04, 2015 Details
August 20, 2006 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States February 23, 2015 Details
November 10, 2013 tjrickert Accomack County, Virginia, United States February 09, 2015 Details
September 30, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 19, 2015 Details
January 16, 2015 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 16, 2015 Details
October 05, 2014 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
December 21, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States December 25, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 dbruce Benton County, Mississippi, United States December 04, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 S. J. Stedman Marshall County, Mississippi, United States December 02, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
October 19, 2014 roseanna Boyle County, Kentucky, United States November 20, 2014 Details
October 23, 2014 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States November 16, 2014 Details
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