|Clouded Sulphur Butterfly – Colias philodice|
Live adult butterflies photographed at northern Illinois. Family Pieridae / Subfamily: Coliadinae – Sulphurs
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Clouded Sulphur Male nectaring on red clover near Chicago
The Common Sulphur Butterfly is popularly known as the Clouded Sulphur. These butterflies are known to hybridize with the Orange Sulphur, and specimens are very difficult to tell apart. The Illinois Butterfly Monitor Network treats these as one species for counting purposes.
Habitat: Meadows and fields; almost any open spaces, parks and pastures. Flight: Several broods March to December in south.
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Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.