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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
Phoebis agarithe is a large butterfly found in far southern Texas and Florida down
through most of South America. The males are orange and the females are orange to
white. It can be found in most habitats and both sexes avidly seek nectar. In the
warmer parts of its range, it has multiple broods and flies year round.
The eggs are laid on pants in the pea family. When fresh, they are yellow-white
and turn orange-red. The caterpillars are green with a yellow and dark green stripes
down each side. The chrysalises are green with purplish mottling.