Butterfly - Common Grass-Yellow (Eurema hecabe) White and Sulfur Family (Pieridae)

Common Grass-Yellow (Eurema hecabe)
Butterfly - Common Grass-Yellow (Eurema hecabe) White and Sulfur Family (Pieridae)

Members of this family are worldwide in distribution, but most species are found in the tropics. Adults have medium to small wings that are white, yellow, or orange, with some black or red, and many have hidden ultraviolet patterns that are used in courtship. Species with more than one generation usually have distinct seasonal variation in appearance. Adults of all species visit flowers for nectar, and adults of both sexes have three pairs of walking legs. The majority of caterpillars of North American whites and sulphurs feed on legumes or crucifers (members of the Mustard family). Typically, temperate species overwinter in the pupal or larval stage, while tropical species overwinter as adults.

  • Common Grass-Yellow (Eurema hecabe)

    Common Grass-Yellow (Eurema hecabe)

  • Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

    Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

  • Bath White (Pontia daplidice)

    Bath White (Pontia daplidice)

  • Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardimine)

    Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardimine)

  • Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea)

    Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea)

  • The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

    The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

  • Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae)

    Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae)

  • Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

    Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

  • Alfalfa Butterfly/Orange Sulfur (Colias eurytheme)

    Alfalfa Butterfly/Orange Sulfur (Colias eurytheme)

  • Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)

    Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)

  • Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

    Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

  • White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

    White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

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