Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

  Sighting 1239692

Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe

Observation date: November 22, 2019
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Just Freshly Emerged Female another great year for this fairly new arrival to Southern California. This year These were Seldom seen near the coast until mid Sept. A full month later than most years! Still seeing a male now and then if the days get warm enough, Seems like it has to be quite warm and dry Before these will fly. Inland these were more active due to Warmer Temps. So far We have only had yellow form female's out of all the ones we have reared! Some Other colored females Will Visit the yard to Deposit Eggs On the host! Larger numbers of Predatory Wasps this year Especially the very small ones the size of a fruit fly. The number of larva and Adults seem to be down this year Except Monarch. The number of Species attracted to the Garden so far is in the mid to high 30's! a Great hobby Raising Plants that pollinators use for nectar and host! We have had great luck with just a small Yard! Give it a Try!
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: November 26, 2019
Coordinator notes: There are no butterflies in Bakersfield, at least not that I've seen. I'm too busy going over the Sierra Nevada manuscript. Did you catch the research that shows Cloudless Sulphurs in the Southwest and those in the East are two different species? But we don't know if either are sennae.-Ken Davenport. Ditto for Snouts, two species in America. Both can't be American Snouts!
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Orange County