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aussietrev Northern Jezebel
Location: Queensland. Australia
September 19, 2011 10:14 pm
Hi guys,
Thought you might like to add this Northern Jezebel to your archive. Flitting through my vegetable patch dining from a radish let go to flower, they make a stunning sight.
Signature: aussietrev

Northern Jezebel

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for providing us with such a lovely photo of this beautiful member of the family Pieridae, the Whites and Sulfurs. According to the Butterfly House website of Australian species, the Northern Jezebel is
Delias argenthona, and it is found in parts of New Guinea and Australia.  We cannot help but to wonder how this lovely species as well as its relatives have gotten the lascivious common name of Jezebel, and since we don’t have the time to research the matter, we are going to let our imaginations run wild.  Whenever we hear the name Jezebel, we immediately think of the classic black and white film starring Bette Davis as a headstrong Southern Belle who creates a scandal when she wears a red dress to a ball.  Red is a rare color among the members of the family Pieridae, so the almost garish markings on the Northern Jezebel and other members of the genus are most distinctive, and could have been a contributing factor in the selection of the common name.  You can see the red dress scene from Jezebel on YouTube.

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Location: North Texas
August 24, 2011 1:34 am
What is the common name of this species?
Signature: Anthony K.

Female Checkered White

Hi Anthony,
We really like your photo of a female Checkered White,
Pontia protodice, and we wish someone with more gardening knowledge would tell us the identity of this composite flower.  We identified it in Butterflies Through Binoculars, the West by Jeffrey Glassberg.

August 24, 2011 5:31 pm
Hi, the flower is a gaillardia.  I have some in my yard and really enjoy the blooms and resulting seed heads.
Thanks for giving us such a great bug site!
Signature: Donna Wilkinson

Thanks Donna.

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White Butterfly with Black markings
Location: Gladstone, IL.
August 19, 2011 7:26 pm
I saw this butterfly beside a lake in the grasses and wild flowers. There were other whites there but I didn’t recognize this one as a Cabbage White or a Checkered White. I wasn’t able to see it with open wings. Thanks or your help!
Signature: Randy Anderson

Sulphur Butterfly: Pale Form

Dear Randy,
Though it looks like one of the Whites, this butterfly is actually a pale form female of one of the Sulphurs in the genus
Colias, possibly the Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme, which is pictured on BugGuide including this image.  Some of the comments on that image include “With these albino sulphur females species you noted it is impoosible to tell one from the other with a photograph. You would need to disect them to tell which is which.” and “The rather smooth look below, shape of the wings, and very wide border on the front wings all fit this species. Not impossible to tell them apart, just difficult and confusing in some individuals.”  The other species in the genus with a light form female is the Clouded Sulphur, Colias philodice, which is also represented on BugGuide.

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large and beautiful butterfly
Location: Yakima, WA
April 28, 2011 9:00 am
I am unfamiliar with this striking butterfly but because it is so large and beautiful, it must be easy to track down. My friends seem to think I know this stuff. They’re calling it a moth, but it holds it’s wings at rest like a butterfly. Hope you can follow this link:!/photo.php?fbid=1726393562934&set=a.1726331241376.2088000.1331261297&type=1&theater
Signature: Paul Huffman


Hi Paul,
What a beautiful Orangetip in the genus
Anthocharis.  We are uncertain what species it is, but there are some nice photos on BugGuide.

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Spring in Full Swing!
Hello Daniel and Lisa,
04-21-11    At first I thought these butterflies were Spring Azures, then maybe Cabbage Whites, but neither of those have scallop-edged wings. Can you help me?
04-22-11    The moths were plentiful this morning on the wall under the safety light, and…watched a bird, think it was an Eastern Phoebe, having a snack or two as it flapped up and down the wall. (no photo available)
04-23-11    This morning, I was told by a couple of very early risers, a raccoon was climbing on that wall, holding on with three paws while scooping the moths into its mouth with the fourth! (again, no photo available :'( )
04-27-11    I believe this is a Bent-line Gray Moth, Iridopsis larvaria…
Hoping your Easter, holiday adventure was safe and happy,
R.G. Marion
Sevier County, TN
Great Smoky Mountains

Courting Orange Tips

Dear R.G.,
We absolutely love your photograph of the positively salacious behavior of the courting OrangeTips.  The female has her abdomen raised and she is quite possibly releasing pheromones into the air which have attracted the fluttering male with the sexually dimorphic namesake orange tips.  We are uncertain of the species, but an excellent candidate is the Falcate Orangetip,
Anthocharis midea, which ranges all around Tennessee and is profiled on bugGuide.  It is the only Eastern species profiled on BugGuide.  We love this photo so much we are going to feature it.

Wow! Thanx!  I’m so pleased that you liked the photo of the “Courting” Orange Tips.  I do get lucky once in a while.
Since there hasn’t been a sighting reported in Tennessee according to the link that you included, I was wondering if it is possible that they were blown this way by all the storms we’ve been having here in the Southeast this month?  Do things like that happen in the fragile-bug world?  Or did I really get lucky?  Just curious…
R.G. Marion

Hi Again R.G.,
Since the OrangeTips were reported from all surrounding states, it is fair to assume that they are also found in Tennessee, but that there have just not been any submissions to bugGuide.

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What’s that butterfly?
March 20, 2011 12:04 pm
I found this beautiful butterfly resting on a cyclamen flower in a forest near Jerusalem.
Can you please help identify it?
Thank you.
Signature: Gal

White Butterfly

Hi Gal,
Your butterfly is one of the Whites in the family Pieridae.  We located an Israeli Insect World website and we believe your butterfly is one of the members of the genus
Euchloe, possibly Euchloe ausonia melisande or Euchloe aegyptiaca based on photos posted to the site.

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