Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Apricot Sulphur
Phoebis argante (Fabricius, 1775)


Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Upperside of male bright orange with black border on forewing. Females variable from white to yellow, with dark or faded black borders. Underside hindwing of both sexes with broken, angled submarginal line.
Wing Span: 2 1/8 - 2 5/8 inches (5.4 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on new leaves of host, with many eggs placed on each plant.
Flight: All year in Central and South America. Strays to Texas from June-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrubs and trees in the pea family (Fabaceae) including Cassia, Pentaclethra, and Inga species.
Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of red flowers.
Habitat: Disturbed areas in tropical forests pastures, road edges.
Range: Paraguay north to Mexico. Reported very rarely (twice) in southern Texas and western Kansas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
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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