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Butterfly ID Please??

Posted by bandjzmom 7 NWGeorgia (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 27, 11 at 17:42

My sister shot this guy in her NW GA yard today. ID please? Doesn't look like anything I have had in my yard. Thanks for help.~~Angie


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RE: Butterfly ID Please??

My guess is a very tattered male Orange Sulphur or Colias eurytheme. I am basing this on the orange that is visible on the hindwing, the head coloring, the shape of the wings, the black showing through, and the location.


RE: Butterfly ID Please??

Great find, and especially to get a pretty good picture of it. Looks like either an environmentally induced aberrant, or maybe a masaic gynandromorph. If either not much can be trusted beyond a clue. Possibly Phoebis philea, maybe sennae, or even agarithe that strayed up from Florida.

RE: Butterfly ID Please??

Thanks Sandy and Larry! Was hoping you guys would stop in and see this. I have been helping my sister to plant and manage her 1st butterfly garden this year, and she is really getting some interesting visitors. She had a nice Banded Hairstreak the other day, and I have never seen one in my yard. She is only a 15 min drive down the road. She sent this pic to me hoping for an ID, and I was shocked to be so stumped. The only Sulphurs I get here in my yard are the Sleepy Orange, Cloudless, and an occasional Orange Sulphur.~~Angie

RE: Butterfly ID Please??

Any other learned opinions as to the ID???~~Angie

RE: Butterfly ID Please??

It looks like it's probably a very worn little yellow, Angie. They're common in my garden, and they use sennas/cassias as host plants. You can find the cats eating cassia leaves right next to the sleepy oranges, and they're almost impossible to tell apart.

RE: Butterfly ID Please??

Oh Sherry...thank you soooo much. That helps us a whole lot. I don't see them here in my yard, but my sister seems to be getting in many butterflies that I have never seen in my yard. She's only 15 min down the road. It's amazing how much difference there can be with a change of location and terrain. I did plant some Velvet leaf Senna and some Candlestick Cassia in her garden. :o)

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