Little Yellow

Pyrisitia lisa (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1830])

Family: Pieridae

Status: Occasional breeding? stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The Little Yellow is a permanent resident in southern North America and the Caribbean Islands, ranging north to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts up to the Carolinas. In Nebraska it strays into the eastern two thirds of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: It has been found in Nebraska from late May into mid-October

Larval Hostplant(s): Various legumes, including Partridge Pea and Wild Senna (Cassia fasciculata and C. marilandica), Hog Peanut (Amphicarpa bracteata) and Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis), but probably preferring the Cassia species.

Habitat: It can occur anywhere but is more likely to be found in the vicinity of its hostplants

Found at:

Overwintering: Not in our area

Similar Species:

Notes: Occasionally albinic form of this butterfly are found

Little Yellow, Millard, Photo by Rachel Hall
Little Yellow – dorsal
Little Yellow – ventral
Albinic Little Yellow – dorsal

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