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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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
November 02, 2013 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
February 20, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States February 25, 2014 Details
October 31, 2013 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
December 21, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
September 13, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States February 05, 2014 Details
October 09, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States February 05, 2014 Details
December 05, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States February 01, 2014 Details
January 11, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States February 01, 2014 Details
January 30, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States January 30, 2014 Details
November 06, 2013 lbell007 Cameron County, Texas, United States January 14, 2014 Details
December 21, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 26, 2013 Details
November 01, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 25, 2013 Details
December 17, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 19, 2013 Details
December 03, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 06, 2013 Details
March 09, 2013 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2013 Details
November 26, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 26, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 19, 2013 Pattieb Orange County, California, United States November 20, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 John429 Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 10, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 15, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 12, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 12, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 11, 2013 Details
November 09, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
November 04, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 28, 2013 whbauer Harris County, Texas, United States November 02, 2013 Details
November 01, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 01, 2013 Details
September 29, 2011 rob77897@gmail.com Lyon County, Kentucky, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 jwilso26 Horry County, South Carolina, United States October 25, 2013 Details
October 25, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States October 25, 2013 Details
October 16, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 16, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States October 14, 2013 Details