Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1235267

Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe

Observation date: September 24, 2019
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Male Large Orange Sulphur Probably now resides in Bakersfield if not culled to University of Colorado! Warm morning things were slow to get flying so far had only seen one female until seeing this male. Area host at this location is Pink Pom Pom's they also use Dulce but its not very common in this area if any at all! They are happy to use either, but don't like Arizona Feather Tree! They have not been found by me to use Cassia either as of this posting! The pink Pom Pom's seems to get regular pruning and is always sending up fresh sprouts, the fresh sprouts are what the larvae eat and only what they will eat. Its also the place where the eggs get deposited by females. As you have said this Butterfly is only recently becoming common in the late summer and early fall to early winter! We had larvae in Dec. last year!
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 29, 2019
Coordinator notes: All 13 are spread, labelled and ready to put in the collection. I do my collection inventory in October.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Orange County