Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur

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Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur

Adult male

Description: 24-36 mm. Males are almost pure orange on the dorsal side. Underside is orange with mottled brown markings - more pronounced in the winter forms. Female coloration varies from orange to almost white with brown spo on the forewing. They also have a row of brown spots on the forewing by the outer margin.

 

Habitat and Distribution: This is one of the most common and frequently seen butterflies in the Keys. It's seen all year long in every habitat. 

 

Host Plant: blackbead (Pithecellobium keyense), Cat's claw (Pithecellobium ungui-cati) and wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum)

 

Natural History: This is a fast flying butterfly that frequents the edhes of hardwood hammocks and salt marshes. They readily visit a wide variety of flowers such as Bidens (Bidens alba), firebush (Hemelia pattens) and many more. 

 

Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur larva

final instar larva

Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur larva

final instar larva

Phoebis agarithe, Large Orange Sulphur pupa

Chrysalis

Adult female

Adult female

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