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Mimosa Yellow Sulphur (Pyrisitia nise)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Mimosa Yellow Sulphur


The Mimosa Yellow Sulphur is a small butterfly that prefers the quiet comfort of a shady forest.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 is not 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. Because it lives in warm weather, it can produce up to 4 generations in one year. The larvae feed on mimosa plants.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Pieridae
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          Genus: Pyrisitia
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            Species: nise
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pyrisitia nise
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 30mm (0.70" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow; black; brown; pink
Descriptors: flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 18mm and 30mm
Lo: 18mm
Md: 24mm
Hi: 30mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Mimosa Yellow Sulphur may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Mimosa Yellow Sulphur. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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