Sleepy Orange

Abaeis nicippe (Cramer, 1779)

Family: Pieridae

Status: Uncommon breeding stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: A resident in the southern United from whence it strays north to southern Nevada and Utah in the west and the New England states in the east. In Nebraska it is most often encountered in the southern half of the state, although it has been found in Keya Paha County in the far north.

Broods/Flight Times: Flies entire year in the southern United States. In Nebraska the species has been recorded from 18 April – 27 August. Females arriving in the spring have produced two to three additional broods.

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: Widespread stray, favoring areas with larval host plants.

Found at:

Overwintering: Does not appear to consistently survive our winters

Similar Species:

Notes: This species appears consistently at locations with Cassia marilandica in Buffalo County. Without this plant to hold it’s attention it probably passes by unnoticed.

Sleepy Orange, Kearney, Jon Nikkila
Sleepy Orange – female, dorsal
Sleepy Orange – female, ventral
Sleepy Orange – male, dorsal
Sleepy Orange – male, ventral
Cassia marilandica – larval host plant for Sleepy Orange butterflies
Sleepy Orange larva on Cassia marilandica

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