Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Orange Sulphur - female (Colias eurytheme)

Orange Sulphur (female)
Colias eurytheme

Identification: Female yellow or white with irregular black border surrounding light spots. Underside hindwing spot silver with 2 concentric dark rings, and a spot above it.

Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult Food: Nectar from many kinds of flowers including dandelion, milkweeds, goldenrods, and asters.

Habitat: A wide variety of open sites, especially clover and alfalfa fields, mowed fields, vacant lots, meadows, road edges.

Range: Southern Canada to central Mexico, coast to coast in the United States except for the Florida peninsula. Comments: One of the most widespread and common butterflies in North America.

Source: BAMONA



Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a nice sharp photo of one of our common but most difficult to photograph butterflies. It seems they never sit still long enough for a photo.

TexWisGirl said...

very, very pretty! both the butterfly and the bloom!

Rebecca said...

I agree with Lisa--they're always in motion.. Great photo :)

cindyzlogic said...

Gorgeous shot!! Love the pinkish outline on their wings!!