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  • Mimosa Yellow Sulphur - (Pyrisitia nise)

    Mimosa Yellow Sulphur - (Pyrisitia nise)

    The Mimosa Yellow Sulphur is a small butterfly that prefers the forest to open fields.

    Picture of Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
    Staff Writer (1/24/2014): The Mimosa Yellow closely resembles the Barred Yellow Sulphur, which lacks dark dots that the Mimosa Yellow has. It also looks like the Little Yellow Sulphur, which has a pair of black dots at the base of its hindwing as well as near the tip. Mistaking it for one of these isn't unusual. Shades of light pink may be visible on the hindwings.

    The Mimosa Yellow Sulphur's range is rather small and it rarely strays from it. They can be found in forests as opposed to open fields and meadows like other butterflies. Thanks to the warm weather, it can produce up to 4 generations in one year. The larvae feed on mimosa plants.

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    Mimosa Yellow Sulphur

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
    Scientific Name: Pyrisitia nise

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Pieridae
           Genus: Pyrisitia
            Species: nise

    Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 30mm (0.71in to 1.18in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow; black; brown; pink

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; Texas; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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