Subject: Sleepy Orange Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 4, 2013 7:44 pm
OK, I think this puddling butterfly may be a Sleepy Orange, but I’m not sure. I checked your archives and also Bug Guide, but this one looks so different from the ones I saw in the spring. Seasonal differences, or a different species?
So many butterflies and mud daubers enjoyed the mud today; I had to play hooky again to watch them.
Our best guess is that this is a Little Yellow, Pyrisitia lisa, and according to BugGuide: “Adult: small pierid with weak flight, similar to Sleepy Orange but much more yellow. Forewing upperside has broad dark margin. Hindwing underside has two basal black spots.” According to the data on BugGuide, there seem to be more sightings in the autumn. We are jealous that you got to play hooky.