Species Page: Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Clouded Sulphur

Colias philodice (Godart, 1819)

Family: Pieridae

Status: Common resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: This species inhabits the continental United States and most of Alaska and western Canada. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Larvae feed on herbaceous legumes of the following genera: Astragalus, Baptisia, Pisum, Lathyrus, Lotus, Lupinus, Medicago, Melilotus, Robinia, Thermopsis, and Trifolium.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple continuous flights from April to November.

Overwintering: As a pupa.

Habitat: Equally at home in urban and agricultural settings, this is a butterfly that seems to have benefited from human activity

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 2 3/4 inches

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Similar Species: Orange Sulphur, Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur.