Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) Life Cycle

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 29, 2010 8:24 PM CST
Caterpillar Host: Tiny Tim (Thymophylla tenuiloba), Beggar Ticks (Bidens ssp.), Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), Dogweed (Dyssodia ssp.), Greenthread (Thelosperma ssp.), Spanish Needles (Bidens bipinnata)

Butterfly Food: flower nectar

Family: Sulphurs

Scientific Name: Nathalis iole

Common in the southern United States. Tends to flutter along in open habitats, fields, deserts, vacant lots. Normally flies low to the ground. Has multiple broods in the south. The Dainty Sulphur is the smallest sulphur. Hindwing below pale yellow to a grayish green. Forewing below has black spots submarginally. Black mark at tip of forewing top. Small splash of orange near base.


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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Dainty Sulphurs - nectaring on clammy weed

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Dainty Sulphurs - ovipositing

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Tiny Tim (Thymophylla tenuiloba) - one of the larval host plants utilized in south Texas by Dainty Sulphurs

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - egg on Tiny Tim blossom

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - first instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - third instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - fourth instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - fifth instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 29, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Dainty Sulphur - chrysalis

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 29, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Nice little cats, Cat! Good pics! I've got Dahlberg Daisy for the first time this year. Pretty plant!
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Sheila_FW
Apr 30, 2010 10:59 PM CST
That is a tiny cat, and good cammo too.

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