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
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.”