Cloudless Sulphur - Phoebis sennae
|Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa)
|Date Taken: 2005-12-01|
|Camera: Sony DSC-P200|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-01-23 0:22|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Phoebis sennae (Linnaeus 1758)|
Most open, sunny areas such as roadsides, old fields, gardens, pastures, and fallow agricultural fields
Garden Abundance: Common
Wingspan: 2.5 - 3.0"
Range: Eastern North America from Canada to Florida
Larval Host Plants: Partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata), sickle-pod senna (C. obtusifolia), sensitive pea (C. nictitans), wild senna (C. hebecarpa), coffee senna (C. occidentalis) and Christmas senna or golden shower (Senna pendula).
Favorite Adult Nectar Sources: Pentas (Pentas lanceolata), azaleas (Rhododendron spp.), autumn sage (Salvia gregii), Mexican sage (S. leucantha), and golden dewdrop (Duranta erecta)
The cloudless sulphur is a large yellow butterfly with a fast, powerful fight. Males are virtually solid yellow above and below and have few visible markings. Females may be yellow, orange-yellow or white, and they have a faint dark border on the upper surface of their wings. Although a common year-round resident in much of peninsular Florida, the cloudless sulphur rapidly extends it range northward each spring and eventually establishes breeding colonies as far north as Canada and the Midwest by the end of summer. As cool autumn weather approaches, adults from the final generation begin a return migration, coming back to the Deep South to overwinter.
The whitish yellow elongated eggs are deposited singly on the leaves of the host plants. The long, slender caterpillar may be green or yellow. It has a narrow yellow stripe down each side and is covered with numerous small black bumps or tubercles. When not feeding, larvae rest exposed on the surface of host leaves.
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- [2006-01-23 1:15]
Very good colours and detail. Seems like the wings are burnt with a cigarette in some spots.
- [2006-01-23 1:42]
Great colour and good detail.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-01-23 1:48]
Wooooow ! What a wonderful and interesting butterfly that you have very well captured ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Ninfa and thanks for sharing.
excellent documentary picture! Well focussed. Naturalistic colours. Very useful notes, too. Thanks for sharing!
Best regards, Peter
I just posted one myself too. Yours is wonderful!
Nice shot. Lovely composition. Good light and POV. Good exposure and colours. Crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. Thanks.
- [2006-01-23 4:15]
A very nice capture.
Lovely detail of the wings,great colours.
Its the first time I've seen this butterfly.
Great work,well done.
- [2006-01-23 5:49]
Fantastic photo Ninfa!
Excellent on details, colours and sharpness!
Very good job!
Very nice BG!
5* and TFS!
Fantastic detail in this wonderful capture. Well done Ninfa. :)
- [2006-01-25 16:16]
Intensos y calidos colores de esta fotografia, la mariposa bellisima, buena luz y nitidez.
Ola Ninfa, como vai?
Voce tem uma bela foto desta linda borboleta com desenhos lindos nas asas.
voce tem belos exemplares aqui.