Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae)

This one is male. I observe that these butterflies seem to prefer red flowers for a nectar source, although I do also see them at the Bidens alba. This one was flitting between the honeysuckle (shown) and some red salvia.


Larval host: Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), sensitive pea (C. nictitans), sicklepod senna (Senna obtusifolia), also non-native coffee senna (S. occidentalis), candle plant (S. alata)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)

My take:


  1. Love the image, I have such a hard time getting good photos of butterflies…You must have had to have amazing patience for such a wonderful picture.

    • Loret said:

      thank you for such kind words, Charlie. I do spend a LOT of time walking my property trying to get photos of mom nature’s beautiful creatures and I’m always amazed when I get such a good shot. 🙂

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