Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Orbed Sulphur
Aphrissa orbis (Poey, 1832)


Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upper surface of male forewing pale lemon yellow with large orange patch on basal third. Female upper surface deep ocher, underside of hindwing with large brown patch.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 inches (6.3 - 7.6 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Many flights in Cuba; many from April-August on Hispaniola; also other months.
Caterpillar Hosts: Royal poinciana (Poinciana pulcherrima).
Adult Food: Flower nectar including that of Ageratum conyzoides, Antigonon leptotus, and Hibiscus species.
Habitat: Usually tropical moist forests above 1640 feet (500 meters).
Range: Resident of Hispaniola and Cuba, very rare stray to Florida.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
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