Sunday, August 22, 2010

Clouded Sulphur

One of the most common families of butterflies that can be seen through out the summer are the sulphurs. Sulphurs are recognizable because of their yellow, sulphur, color. We have five different types of sulphurs in the area in which I live, they include the clouded sulphur, orange sulphur, pink-edged sulphur, dainty sulphur, and the little yellow.
The most common sulphur around here is the clouded or common sulphur. It can be distinguished from the orange sulphur because it lacks orange on the fore wing, although cross breading between clouded and orange sulphurs does sometimes occur. It can be distinguished from the pink-edged because it has two spots, one large and one small on the hind wing. Sulphurs are often found sucking moisture out of sand, puddles or animal dung. When groups are found drinking, as in the photo above, it is called puddling.

12 comments:

Kala said...

Lovely yellow color and what a dainty butterfly.

KaHolly said...

That's a great shot of the puddling sulphers. To see so many at once certainly puts a little smile on my face! How are things? ~karen

Chris said...

Beautiful shot and the last one remind me of this big butterfly patch we can sometime see in France, like those of the swallowtail!

sciencedude288 said...

Are they called sulphurs because of their color?

Caroline Gill said...

Are they different from our UK Clouded Yellows, I wonder (see here on my blog, Wild&Wonderful)?

And do you also get Cloudless Sulphur ones?

tammymcchesney said...

WOW, these are so cool and so bright and cheery!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

WOW! How lucky to capture so many butterflies in one photo! Where I'm from I've been lucky to capture 2 in the past month!

justinegordon said...

how beautiful and so many of them!

Splendid Little Stars said...

enjoyed these photos and the information.

Tammie Lee said...

quite lovely~

Lesa said...

what pretty butterflies-- they look so dainty--Love the yellow!

"Lillagul" said...

Just love that amasing yellow group of Butterflys !
Great shots !