Tailed Sulphur (Phoebis neocypris)
Wing span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.9 - 4.4 cm).
Identification: Male orange, female whitish or yellowish. Both have triangular extension on each hindwing.
Life history: Eggs are laid in groups at the base of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on new leaves.
Flight: All year in Mexico and Central America. Reported in September in south Texas.
Caterpillar hosts: Cassia species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult food: Nectar from flowers including Lantana and Impatiens.
Habitat: Tropics, especially in mid-elevation forests; open and disturbed areas.
Range: Resident in Mexico and Central America. Strayed once to south Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
Management needs: None reported.
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Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.