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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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 arcturusangel 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 rob77897@gmail.com 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
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Fayette County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 stephen stedman Franklin County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 03, 2015 MAKI San Diego County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 12, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 06, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 06, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 05, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 05, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 29, 2015 silversea_starsong Los Angeles County, California, United States September 30, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 26, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 grosh Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 16, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 stephen stedman Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 stephen stedman Perry County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details