Attributes of Pyrisitia proterpia

Tailed Orange
Pyrisitia proterpia (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Two sexual and two seasonal forms. Upperside orange; tip of forewing squared off. Male with black forewing costa; females with black forewing costa, apex, and outer margin. Winter (dry-season) form with tail-like projections on hindwing; summer (wet-season) form without tails.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 inches (4.5 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females on flats and in gullies. The dry-season form is non-reproductive until the onset of the rainy season.
Flight: August-November in Texas; throughout the year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Texas, mesquite (Prosopis) and senna (Cassia) species; Desmodium in the tropics (all in the pea family [Fabaceae]).
Adult Food: Nectar from many species of flowers.
Habitat: Desert and subtropical open and disturbed areas including scrub, pastures, forest edges.
Range: Peru north to Mexico; Greater Antilles; strays to southern Texas, southwest New Mexico, and southeast Arizona; rarely to Nebraska and Kansas.
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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
June 24, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 20, 2014 Details
December 06, 2012 muegge Texas, Pecos County, United States September 05, 2013 Details
April 14, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 16, 2013 Details
May 13, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 16, 2013 Details
November 08, 2012 rmchenry Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States April 05, 2013 Details
August 13, 1981 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 19, 1981 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 16, 2012 Tonia Graves Cochise County, Arizona, United States October 14, 2012 Details
September 08, 2012 Jeff Trahan Cochise County, Arizona, United States September 18, 2012 Details
September 07, 2012 Jeff Trahan Cochise County, Arizona, United States September 17, 2012 Details
June 13, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras June 14, 2012 Details
September 05, 1976 legacy.reporter (J. Brock, J. Mori & M Smith) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
September 11, 1976 legacy.reporter (M. Plagens) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
November 28, 2006 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States November 10, 2011 Details
November 04, 2010 naomiblinick Sonora, Mexico May 03, 2011 Details
November 20, 2010 Kari Graham County, Arizona, United States February 01, 2011 Details
October 26, 2010 Jeff Trahan Texas, McMullen County, United States January 26, 2011 Details
October 03, 2000 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
October 07, 2000 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
October 09, 1994 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 14, 1960 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
January 03, 1950 legacy.reporter (John R. Heitzman) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 08, 1971 legacy.reporter (M. J. Smith) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 06, 1971 legacy.reporter (R. L. Scharf) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 11, 1971 legacy.reporter (R. L. Scharf) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
November 11, 1974 legacy.reporter (Richard Bailowitz) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 10, 2006 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 18, 2009 Details
October 08, 2006 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 18, 2009 Details
September 10, 2006 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 17, 2009 Details
October 08, 2006 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 17, 2009 Details
January 01, 2006 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Victoria County January 24, 2008 Details
October 16, 2000 legacy.reporter (C.W. Bordelon) Hudspeth County, Texas, United States January 08, 2008 Details
October 27, 2007 Gary L. Spicer (Gary Spicer) Ellis County, Texas, United States January 08, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Derek Muschalek) DeWitt County, Texas, United States December 28, 2007 Details
October 15, 2007 legacy.reporter (Terry Doyle) Texas, Medina County, United States October 30, 2007 Details
September 01, 2007 John Saba (John Saba) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States October 03, 2007 Details
October 14, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 18, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) San Luis Potosi, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
November 01, 2003 legacy.reporter (Bill Edwards & Johann Karges) Texas, Tarrant County, United States April 02, 2007 Details
November 10, 2006 John Saba (John Saba) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States November 17, 2006 Details
November 16, 2006 John Saba (John Saba) Pima County, Arizona, United States November 17, 2006 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details