Orange-Barred Sulfur Butterfly

The Orange-Barred Sulfur Butterfly (Phoebis philiea) is an insect. 

The Orange-Barred Sulfur Butterfly has lemon-yellow wings with an orange smudge on its forewings (front wings) and orange edges on its hindwings (back wings). Its body is blackish with a paler rear end. 

Its wingspan measures 7-8 centimetres (3 inches).

Orange-Barred Sulfur Butterfly

The Orange-Barred Sulfur Butterfly is native to North America, South America, and the Caribbean. It prefers tropical scrub, gardens, fields, and forest edges. 

The adult sips nectar from red-coloured flowers. 

The female lays her eggs singly on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into caterpillars. Each caterpillar pupates and turns into a chrysalis, which is similar to a cocoon. The adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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