Cloudless Sulphur

What type of sulphur butterfly is this?
Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:29 AM
I took a picture of this butterfly while in South Florida on the edge of the Loxahatchee River. I would say the plants in the area are typical of south florida and or wetlands. I found various sulphur butterflies, but I could not find any that were the same green color and am hoping you could help me to identify it.
Riverbend Park, Jupiter Florida

Cloudless Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur

Dear Madcalabrian,
This sure looks like a Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae, to us.  According to BugGuide, the Cloudless Sulphur may be identifiede by the following description:  “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.”  This butterfly breeds in the Southern states and strays north in the fall.

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