|Clouded Sulphur Butterfly - Colias philodice |
Family Pieridae - Whites and Sulphurs / Subfamily: Coliadinae - Sulphurs
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Live adult butterflies photographed at DuPage County, Illinois, USA.
Clouded Sulphur Male nectaring on red clover near Chicago
The Common Sulphur Butterfly is popularly known as the Clouded Sulphur. These butterflies are known to hybridize with the Orange Sulphur, and specimens are very difficult to tell apart. The Illinois Butterfly Monitor Network treats these as one species for counting purposes.
Habitat: Meadows and fields; almost any open spaces, parks and pastures. Flight: Several broods March to December in south.
I have seen these butterflies active as late as mid-November in northern Illinois
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