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Large Orange Sulphur Phoebis agarithe


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Alternate name: Giant Orange Sulphur

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

Description Phoebis agarithe, the Orange Giant Sulphur or Large Orange Sulphur, is a butterfly in the Pieridae family. It is found from Peru north to southern Texas and peninsular Florida. Rare strays can be found up to Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. The habitat consists of open, tropical lowlands including gardens, pastures, road edges, trails and parks.

The wingspan is 57–86 mm (2.2–3.4 in). The upper surface of the males is bright orange without markings. There are two female forms, a pink-white and yellow-orange form. The underside of the forewings of both sexes has a straight submarginal line. There are two seasonal forms: the winter form has heavier underside markings. Adults are on wing from August to September in southern Texas and all year round in the tropics. They feed on flower nectar of a lantana, shepherd's needle, bougainvilla, rose periwinkle, turk's cap and hibiscus.

The larvae feed on fresh leaves of Pithecellobium and Inga species.

Dimensions 2 1/4-2 1/2" (57-64 mm).

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands.

Range Plains, Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, Florida.