Cloudless Sulfur - Phoebis sennae

Lepidoptera: Pieridae

Phoebis sennae marcellina
Identified by Dr. Robert Baldridge

Nectar: Coral Honeysuckle, Turk's Cap, Plumbago, & Sages
Host Plants: Sennas
Habitat: Wide variety of open weedy tropical and subtropical situations.

Flight Period: The Cloudless Sulfur is multiple brooded, adults flying from February to December.

Cloudless Sulfur - Phoebis sennae
Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson.

Characteristics: Larger than our other sulfur butterflies. Male--yellow, and devoid of other markings on the DW. Female--yellow-white (albinos occasionally occur), with brown margins and other dark markings on the DW. Forewing length: 29-36 mm.


Mamba and Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society

Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalis

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar1

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar2

Left to Right: Photos of Chrysalis, Caterpillar, and Caterpillar.


Caterpillars in the Field and Garden by T. J. Allen and J. P. Brock.

Bottom Photos: Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson

Cloudless Sulpher on Coral Honeysuckle
Cloudless Sulpher on Coral Honeysuckle.

Cloudless Sulphur getting water and minerals from the wet ground
Male Cloudless Sulphur getting water and minerals from the wet ground.

Cloudless Sulpher on Plumago
Female Cloudless Sulpher on Plumago Flowers