The Little Sulphur has a low, darting flight and an affinity for dry, open habitats. Although found throughout the year in Florida, it is particularly abundant in the late summer and early fall. Like other members of the genus, it produces different seasonal forms that vary in coloration, behavior and reproductive activity.
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Sleepy Orange Butterfly (Eurema nicippe) | Central Florida Critter of the Day
The only Florida sulphur with pointed forewings, the Dogface is a medium-sized butterfly with a powerful, rapid flight. It is named after the unique pattern formed by the black and yellow markings on the wings above that resemble (with some imagination) the head of a dog in profile. Adults display considerable seasonal variation. Winter-forms are particularly stunning with rich pink scaling on the wings beneath. They overwinter in reproductive diapause.
The Tropical Checkered-Skipper is particularly abundant in late summer and early fall. Adults have a fast, erratic flight and buzz rapidly among low vegetation, pausing occasionally to nectar or perch with their wings outstretched. The light green larvae construct individual shelters on the host by tying two or more leaves together with silk.