Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Found more commonly in the NC mountains and piedmont, Clouded Sulphurs are fairly rare in the coastal plain. Care must be taken to properly distinguish these butterflies from the similar and more common Orange Sulphur, especially in the springtime when some Orange Sulphurs show very little orange on the dorsal surface. Clouded Sulphurs do not show any orange coloration in the dorsal forewing, although a hint of orange may be present in the ventral forewing of some populations (see subspecies eriphyle below).


Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Watauga Co., NC
27 June 2004
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
8 May 2014

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Albino Clouded Sulphur or Orange Sulphur
Chatham Co., NC
19 Oct 2005
same individual
photographed in flight at high speed
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
same individual
photographed in flight at high speed
same individual
photographed in flight at high speed

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2013
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2013

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG North, Northern Missoula Co., MT
6 Sep 2013
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG North, Northern Missoula Co., MT
6 Sep 2013

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
MPG North near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
11 July 2014
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
MPG North near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
11 July 2014

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
1 June 2014
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2013

Note that this very well could be an Orange Sulphur (C. eurytheme), but I do not recall seeing any orange on the dorsal surface in flight, and C. p. eriphyle can show ventral orange on the forewing.


Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
8 Aug 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Missoula Co., MT
1 May 2014
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
Goat Flat, Granite Co., MT
16 July 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
17 Apr 2016

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice eriphyle), left
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme), right
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 Oct 2015

Nice side by side comparison of male sulphurs. Note that the Orange Sulphur shows stronger orange in the disc of the ventral forewing, and a wider black forewing border.



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