sulfur butterfly


sulfur butterfly
any of various yellow or orange butterflies of the family Pieridae.
[1875-80]

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insect
 any of a group of butterflies in the family Pieridae (order Lepidoptera) that are bright yellow or orange and have a wingspan of 35 to 60 mm (1.5 to 2.5 inches). Sexual and seasonal dimorphism in pattern and colour occur in many species. The pupae are attached to a twig by a posterior spine and a girdle of silk.

      Some species have two colour patterns; e.g., Colias eurytheme is usually orange with black wing margins, but some females are white with black margins. The larvae feed on clover and may seriously damage crops.

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  • sulfur butterfly — noun the cloudless sulfur …   Wiktionary

  • sulfur — [sul′fər] n. [ME sulphur < L] 1. a pale yellow, nonmetallic chemical element found in crystalline or amorphous form: it burns with a blue flame and a stifling odor and is used in vulcanizing rubber and in making matches, paper, gunpowder,… …   English World dictionary

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  • sulfur — /sul feuhr/, n. 1. Also, esp. Brit., sulphur. Chem. a nonmetallic element that exists in several forms, the ordinary one being a yellow rhombic crystalline solid, and that burns with a blue flame and a suffocating odor: used esp. in making… …   Universalium

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  • alfalfa butterfly — noun : an orange butterfly (Colias eurytheme) that is the adult form of the alfalfa caterpillar compare clouded sulphur * * * a sulfur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, having orange wings edged with black, the larvae of which feed on alfalfa and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • alfalfa butterfly — a sulfur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, having orange wings edged with black, the larvae of which feed on alfalfa and other legumes. Also called orange sulfur. * * * …   Universalium

  • common sulfur — a sulfur butterfly, Colias philodice, having yellow wings with black edges and larvae that feed on clover and other legumes. Also called clouded sulfur. * * * …   Universalium

  • common sulfur — a sulfur butterfly, Colias philodice, having yellow wings with black edges and larvae that feed on clover and other legumes. Also called clouded sulfur …   Useful english dictionary