sulphur butterfly


sulphur butterfly

Any of several species of butterflies (family Pieridae) that are found worldwide.

Adults have a wingspan of 1.5–2.5 in. (35–60 mm). The colour and pattern of many species vary seasonally and between sexes, but they are generally bright yellow or orange. Some have two colour patterns; for example, Colias eurytheme is usually orange with black wing margins, but some females are white with black margins. Pupae are attached to a twig by a posterior spine and a girdle of silk. The larvae feed on clover and may seriously damage crops.

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