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
November 15, 2016 taogirl Texas, Tarrant County, United States November 24, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 Jeff Trahan Goliad County, Texas, United States November 18, 2016 Details
November 13, 2016 fragglecat Hays County, Texas, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 11, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 10, 2016 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States November 10, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 marycurry Texas, United States, Wise County November 07, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States November 06, 2016 Details
November 01, 2016 kawith Pottawatomie County, Kansas, United States November 05, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States November 02, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 02, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 31, 2016 rchensley Comal County, Texas, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 mprocter Texas, Navarro County, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 AmyNinRoundRock Texas, United States, Williamson County October 23, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 20, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 Christinalea Texas, Travis County, United States October 16, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States July 04, 2016 Details
October 28, 2014 ncrosbyrd Pima County, Arizona, United States April 07, 2016 Details
December 08, 2015 pumblebumble Bexar County, Texas, United States December 15, 2015 Details
March 06, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic December 14, 2015 Details
October 19, 2015 John Peplinski Brewster County, Texas, United States November 12, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Joseph Miller Ellsworth County, Kansas, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Martin and Sara Goliad County, Texas, United States September 11, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 James Lofton Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States July 10, 2015 Details
October 28, 2014 ncrosbyrd Pima County, Arizona, United States June 06, 2015 Details
November 10, 2014 Kurt R. Schwarz Texas, United States December 09, 2014 Details
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 rosacmchenry@sbcglobal.net 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