Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1371683

Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe

Observation date: September 09, 2023
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Reared on Pink Pom Pom's, this fresh hatch is a girl. Lots of these flying and Brett keeps finding them on Acacia shrubs. I also see the males searching all through the acacia, and have seen females depositing eggs on the same plants. Some of the hill sides are covered in Acacia shrubs as ground cover. The also use a tree that we have planted. Dulce tree for short. Its strange that the Arizona feather tree we planted that works in Arizona has not been used by these butterflies in our yard. Jim Brock seems to have good luck in AZ with it. Several Males are always patrolling the neighborhood with there bright orange flashes. Its been a Great year for butterflies in California with all the water. The season just seems to keep on going. I hope there are still lots of things flying up by you. When we went to look for Purplish Coppers at Lake Cuyamaca, the whole area was flooded. Bet there flying now though? As you say happy Hunting Ken! Thanks again for all your help once again! You always open up a whole new world for us in finding new species!
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 21, 2023
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Orange County