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Sleepy Orange Sulphur (Abaeis nicippe)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Sleepy Orange Sulphur.

 Updated: 5/16/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The slow-flying Sleepy Orange Sulphur seems to float about in a daze, enjoying the warmer regions of the continent.



The sleepy part of the Sleepy Orange Sulphur may refer to its drowsy appearance in flight. It may also have something to do with the 'closed' dot on the top of the forewing. When the wings are open flat, black borders are obvious. Less noticeable is the small black crescent near the upper edge of each forewing. In many other Sulphurs, this mark is a solid black dot. The crescent shape on the wing of the Sleepy Orange resembles a closed eye (minus the eyelashes). Regardless of the inspiration for its common name, the Sleepy Orange is indeed yellow-orange. The underside of the wings are covered in brown-red markings that look similar to a network or veins or capillaries. These markings are darker in the winter. In addition to these fine lines, three thicker brown bars are spread throughout the middle area of the forewing along with two small brown dots near the bottom edge of each wing.

In the southern part of its range, the Sleepy Orange is active all year. In the cooler northern states, activity ends in autumn. Adults drink nectar from flowers. Larvae eat from plants in the Senna and Cassia family. Caterpillars are green and fleshy with a single white line along the bottom edge of each side. Look for flying adults in open fields and lots, along the roadside and in desert brush.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Pieridae
          Genus: Abaeis
            Species: nicippe
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Abaeis nicippe
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 35mm to 57mm (1.37in to 2.22in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, orange, brown, black
Descriptors: band, dot, veins, flying
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.