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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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
August 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 13, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 04, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 AJ Trently Hardin County, Tennessee, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 01, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 M Kuhlman Cochise County, Arizona, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 jwilkinson Orange County, Florida, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Larry Little) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 Allen Gathman Alexander County, Illinois, United States August 21, 2016 Details
September 22, 2012 gldearman Leon County, Florida, United States August 20, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 20, 2016 Details
August 16, 2016 Tommie Rogers Marion County, Tennessee, United States August 20, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 curtis.lehman Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 10, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 11, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 brdwtchr Texas County, Missouri, United States August 09, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States August 08, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 JohnBoback Cameron County, Texas, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 26, 2016 Details
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