What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Yellow Butterfly
Location: West Los Angeles
October 9, 2016 4:11 pm
These have been around the backyard for years but they don’t usually sit still long enough to grab the camera to take a picture. This picture was taken 10-9-16 in in West Los Angeles area. The flower is a Cape Marigold and this particular butterfly seems attracted to only the yellow flowers of that plant.
Signature: Phil Hackett

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

Hi Phil,
This is one of the Sulphur butterflies in the genus
Phoebis, and we are pretty certain it is the Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae.  This is a very fast flying species, and it is our experience that they are difficult to approach, so your images are a marvelous addition to our site.  According to BugGuide:  “upperside of male wings lemon yellow or pale greenish-yellow with no markings; female forewing with small dark spot, usually a narrow blackish outer margin, and a few vague dark dots near tip. Underside of hindwing with two silver black-rimmed spots in both sexes.”

Cloudless Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: West Los Angeles, California

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