Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pink-edged Sulphur

The pink-edged sulphur is one of the members of the sulphur family of butterflies that we can find in my neck of the woods. They look very similar to the other two varieties of sulphurs that are found in the area, especially the clouded sulphur.
From above the pink-edged and clouded sulphurs can easily be mistaken for one and other, especially the males. Both have yellow wings with a black marginal band. On the underside, which is typically how you view sulphurs, both have wings that are lined with pink but the the pink-edged sulphur only has a single central spot on the underside of the hindwing while the clouded usually has two central spots. The third type, the orange sulphur also has a double central spot on the underside of the hindwing and both wings are orange-yellow in color. I photographed this sulphur at Necedah NWR in Wisconsin in June of 2009.

10 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

I have never seen a butterfly like this before! Fascinating wing colour and pattern!

Carolyn Ford said...

This beautiful butterfly is new to me...wow! What a gorgeous color...and, even better...your macro is fabulous!

Kala said...

Nice composition and depth of field in these images.

Jama said...

The color are so beautiful!

Christina. Sweden said...

Great Macros and I like the lessons you give us!

Vicki said...

Well done! Butterflies are a nightmare to photograph.

Vicki said...

Well done! Butterflies are a nightmare to photograph.

jay said...

That's a very pretty butterfly! We have sulphur yellow butterflies here, but not the variations that you do! Love the pink edges - looks as if he's been dipped in ink!

Barbara said...

Beautiful capture. The pink edges are an awesome feature on this butterfly. Have a great week

Tammie Lee said...

lovely captures. Your starfish and bird with the jelly fish are wonderful too.