Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1269210

Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe

Observation date: August 16, 2020
Submitted by: Zencoyote
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Active, but hanging around a marshy area of an intermittent cement-lined drainage stream, landing briefly in several associated damp areas. Exhibiting what I consider rare open-wing posture. It’s a fairly easy ID, but at the same time the wing patterns are noticeably deviant from what I usually see, especially the strong diagonal markings in from the upper wing tip.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: August 16, 2020
Coordinator notes: Actually, it is a female Large Orange Sulphur which come in orange, white and peach colors and in my opinion a much more exciting tropical butterfly, though Cloudless Sulphurs also are good finds. By the way, female Cloudless Sulphurs come in white, yellow or orange!-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, San Diego County