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Pink-edged Sulphur (Colias interior)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pink-edged Sulphur



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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: Colias
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            Species: interior
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Colias interior
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 33mm to 69mm (1.29" to 2.71")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: pink; green; yellow; red; white
Descriptors: pink border; red border; white spot with brown ring; pink face; pink eyes; green eyes; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 33mm (1.3in) and 69mm (2.7in)
Lo: 33mm
Md: 51mm
Hi: 69mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pink-edged 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 Pink-edged Sulphur. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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