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Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae


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Cloudless Sulphur
credit: Robert Lawton/CCSA

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Alternate name: Cloudless Giant Sulphur

Family: Pieridae, Whites and Sulphurs view all from this family

Description The Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) is a small to midsized butterfly in the family Pieridae found in the New World. There are several similar species such as the Yellow Angled-sulphur (Anteos maerula), which has angled wings, or other sulphurs, which are much smaller.

Their range is wide, from South America to southern Canada, in particular southwestern Ontario. They are most common from Argentina to southern Texas and Florida, but are often visitors outside this range becoming more rare further north.

Dimensions 2 1/8-2 3/4" (54-70 mm).

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Shorelines & salt marshes.

Range Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, California, New England, Eastern Canada, Texas, Southeast, Plains, Florida.