Colias eurytheme, captured by Plains Clubtail, Gomphus externus, Little Yellowstone
Park, Barnes County, North Dakota, 12 July 2003 Ref #:
Colias eurytheme, Boisduval, 1832
There are about 1100 or so species within the family Pieridae. The family is further
divided into three subfamilies, the Coliadinae which has about 300 species worldwide
and includes the Sulphurs, Yellows and Brimstones, the Pierinae which has about 700
species worldwide and includes the Whites, Orange-tips and Jezebels, and the Dismorphiinae
which has about 100 species mostly in the tropics and includes the Wood Whites and
Colias eurytheme, mated pair, Summit Campground, Little Missouri National Grassland,
McKenzie County, North Dakota, 24 August 2003 Ref #:
All photographs, artwork, text and website design are the property of The Butterflies
of the World Foundation (unless otherwise stated) and are protected under national
and international copyright laws. Photographs, artwork or text on this website may
not be reproduced in any way without prior written consent of The Butterflies of
the World Foundation.
Colias eurytheme is one of the most commonly recognized sulphurs found throughout
most of the United States. It flies from spring to fall with multiple broods. It
is found in most habitats including gardens and avidly takes nectar and imbibes minerals
from mud. Where its larval food plant is cultivated, these butterflies can be found
by the thousands. The female has a white colored form.
The larval food plants includes alfalfa, clover and other legumes. The eggs are
conical and whitish.