Large Orange Sulphur

Phoebis agarithe

The Large Orange Sulphur is a rare stray from the far southern states. This mainly tropical butterfly has been found only twice in Wisconsin, and has not even been reported in Illinois or Iowa.

Weekly sightings for Large Orange Sulphur

Identifying characteristics

A large sulphur that is orange above and with a diagonal line on the forewing.

Similar species

The Orange-barred Sulphur is the only other large sulphur that might be confused with this species in Wisconsin, but it is yellow above with orange bars and has a broken line rather than the straight diagonal line of the Large Orange Sulphur.

Habitat

A strong flier in open areas and woodland edges.

Flight

Three or more broods in the far south, but because their host plants do not grow here it is not likely to reproduce in Wisconsin.

Abundance

An extremely rare stray to Wisconsin.

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Large Orange Sulphur
Map key
Large Orange Sulphur

Male, © 2002 david hanson

Raintree Gardens, Weslaco, TX. May 2, 2002.

Large Orange SulphurClick to enlarge

Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL. December 30, 2009.

Large Orange SulphurClick to enlarge

Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL. December 30, 2009.