LAUREN'S BUTTERFLIES OF BELIZE (Part Four)
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THE CLOUDED SULPHUR BUTTERFLY
These are the prettiest little yellow butterflies. They seem so fragile, even just to look at. The Clouded Sulphur is found almost anywhere in Mexico and Belize. Their wings are lemon-yellow with a black border and spot on each forewing. The female can be very pale yellow, making it harder to distinguish her from other types of butterflies. The average wingspan of a Clouded Sulphur butterfly is 2” inches.
Their range is from South America to southern Canada. Their habitat is wide open spaces, gardens, glades, seashores, and watercourses. The adult butterfly loves nectar plants from many different flowers, with long tubes including cordia, bougainvillea, cardinal flower, daisys, dandelion, hibiscus, lantana, milkweed and wild morning glories. Their life cycle is dependent on the climate, from mid-summer to fall in the cooler areas, to year round in the warmer tropical climates such as Belize.
The Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly starts out as a white egg. Eventually it will turn to a pale orange. The egg stage lasts six days. Then a caterpillar emerges that is yellow to greenish, stripes on its sides, with black pota-dots in a row across its back. The caterpillar will usually grow to a length between 41-45 mm.
WE JUST LOVE THESE LITTLE "YELLOW BUTTERFLIES".
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