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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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
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cheyenne County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ellis County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Neosho County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Wilson County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baja California Sur, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sinaloa, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sonora, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chihuahua, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Durango, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tamaulipas, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nuevo Leon, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Otero County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marion County, Oregon, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Frio County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bexar County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Comal County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, Travis County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bastrop County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gonzales County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Zapata County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, Starr County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cameron County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Willacy County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Paso County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brooks County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Burleson County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, Lee County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Uvalde County December 31, 2004 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
November 01, 2003 legacy.reporter (Bill Edwards & Johann Karges) Texas, Tarrant County, United States April 02, 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