Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Tailed Sulphur
Phoebis neocypris (Hübner, [1823])

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
Identification: Male orange, female whitish or yellowish. Both have triangular extension on each hindwing.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.9 - 4.4 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid in groups at the base of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on new leaves.
Flight: All year in Mexico and Central America. Reported in September in south Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including Lantana and Impatiens.
Habitat: Tropics, especially in mid-elevation forests; open and disturbed areas.
Range: Resident in Mexico and Central America. Strayed once to south Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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