Female Chiracahua White Female

Butterflies of Southern Arizona

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Chiracahua White.
Neophasia terlooii.
Whites/Sulphurs (Pieridae) Family.

Identification: Male is white and female is orange. On both, the upperside of forewing has black cell and costal margin; tip of wing is black with white spots. Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 inches (4.5 - 5.8 cm). Life History: Males patrol for females around host trees. Caterpillars live in a web and file out of it at night to feed. They pupate together in the web. Flight: Two flights, June-July and September-November (most common). Caterpillar Hosts: Conifers, particularly western yellow pine (Pinus ponderosa). Adult Food: Not reported. Habitat: Pine forests. Range: Arizona high mountains south into Mexico. Conservation: No reports of requirements. NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range .

Santa Catalina Mountains
Willow Canyon.
Location: On Tagetes lemmonii in wash.

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