Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice)

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Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice)
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Life Cycle of Butterflies

   
Clouded Sulphur Chrysalis
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Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

This quick medium-sized butterfly is one of the most abundant in North America. It has seasonal color variations that range from a white to yellow. The dark spots vary as well, being more pronounced during the cool months in spring and fall. They can be seen flying close to the ground and frequently visit flowers and mud puddles. Where there is one, there are usually many. Enjoy these magnificent butterflies as they visit all your favorite areas in gardens, lawns, and parks.

Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Subfamily: Sulphur (Coliadinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 1/2" - 2 3/4"

Habitat: Various areas: fields, meadows, lawns

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Clouded Sulphur Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (closed wing) - Fred Miller
Female (closed wing) - Fred Miller
Chrysalis - Fred Miller

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