Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur

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Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur

Freshly emerged adult

Description: 13-16 mm. This is the smallest pierid in the Keys and cannot likely be confused with any other species. Adults are yellow above with black forewing tips and a black bar on the base of the forewing. Females can have an orange colored hindwing and are a little larger. Ventral side is a dusty olive green color with forewing having an orange-yellow patch and some black spots. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: Common throughout Southern North America, Central America, South America, throught Florida and the Caribbean. It can be found in weedy fields and roadsides throughout the Florida Keys. 

 

Host Plant: Spanish needles (Bidens alba)

 

Natural History: This species can be found year around in the Keys and can be abundant but abundance is very sporadic

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur

Freshly emerged adult

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur

Freshly emerged adult

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur

egg

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur larva

2nd instar larva

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur larva

final instar larva

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur pupa

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Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur larva

Prepupal larva

Nathalis iole, Dainty Sulphur larva

3rd instar larva

Pupa