Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Yellow Angled-Sulphur
Anteos maerula (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Large. Apex of forewing hooked. Upperside of male bright yellow, female paler; both with black spot in forewing cell.
Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 4 5/8 inches (8.2 -11.7 cm).
Life History: Fly high and swiftly. Female usually lays several eggs on a single plant. Caterpillars eat leaves and develop continously during the wet season.
Flight: Two flights, April and August-December, in South Texas; all year in Central and South America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia (Cassia emarginata) in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from red and purple flowers including Hibiscus and Bougainvilla.
Habitat: Subtropical, open, sunny areas; migrants found almost anywhere.
Range: Resident from Peru to Mexico; rare, irregular migrant to eastern Nebraska, southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico, south Texas, Mississippi, and Florida.
Conservation: None 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.
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