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Cloudless Sulfur with wings open.
The Cloudless Sulfur is a yellow butterfly that spends its winters in the southern US
and migrates to the northe in the summer. Its wingspan can reach as much as 7 cm.
It is commonly seen flying in the southeast direction in the fall.
Host plants include
Senna/Cassia marilandica (Wild Senna) and
Cassia fasciculata (Partridge Pea)
as well as Cassia bicapsularis, nicititans, occidentalis and obtusifolia.
Eggs are cream colored and laid singly on host plant leaves and flower buds.
According to Scott the larva/caterpillars eat the leaves of the host plant,
however the one in the pictures below ate only flower buds, there was no evidence
of any leaves on the plant having been eaten at all.
This is the same caterpillar as above but with a ruler near by to help
with size perspective. It pupated within 24 hours of finding it and taking these pictures.
Cloudless Sulfur chrysalis.
This is the same chrysalis as the picture on the left, but at a later time. It
developed a pinkish coloration after a few days.
Adult with wings closed.
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