Species Page: Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Little Yellow

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

Family: Pieridae

Status: Uncommon stray, possibly breeding.

NENHP Rank: 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.

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.

Broods/Flight Times: The Little Yellow has been found in Nebraska from late May into mid-October.

Overwintering: Not in our area.

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

Avg. Wingspan:  1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches

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Similar Species: Occasionally albinic forms of this butterfly are found, these being females.