Species Page: Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Dainty Sulphur

Nathalis iole (Boisduval, 1836)

Family: Pieridae

Status: Common breeding stray

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: From northern South America (Columbia) this species home range extends north to the southern United States. From there it strays north into southern Canada. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various composites – beggarticks, sneezeweeds, greenthreads and ornamental cosmos and marigolds.

Broods/Flight Times: The Dainty Sulphur has been found from late April well into November.

Overwintering: This species does not survive temperate winters.

Habitat: Prefers areas with low or no growth vegetation – roadways, paths, sandbars.

Avg. Wingspan: 3/4 – 1 1/4 inches

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