Cloud??? Sulphur?

bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)November 17, 2013

This was nectaring today on some of the scarlet sage (salvia coccinea) undamaged by this week's light freeze in north Texas. Assume it's a Sulphur, but has somewhat different markings from the female Cloudless you folks helped ID earlier. Would appreciate knowing more about it. TIA

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Dogface Butterfly, one of the sulphurs. A view of the wing topsides makes the ID easier, they have a very bold pattern.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 11:20PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Thanks for the quick ID! Always known them (Sulphurs) only as "yellow" butterflies and am just starting to appreciate the number of subtle variations.

Surprised I didn't learn the Dogface Butterfly is the state insect of California while I lived there; an odd name a young kid would not likely have forgotten if someone had mentioned it.

This post was edited by bostedo on Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 14:54

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 12:45PM
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The California Dogface butterfly is yet another subtle variation, and a different species, from yours.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 10:41PM
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