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Clouded Sulphurs

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Sulphurs are a group of butterflies that are usually some shade of yellow, orange or white and have a wingspan between 1 ½ “ and 2 ½ “. The three species likely to be seen in New England are the Clouded Sulphur, the Orange Sulphur and the Pink-edged Sulphur. (Distinguishing one species of sulphur from another can be quite challenging.) Sulphurs always perch with their wings closed, and are commonly seen on flowers drinking nectar as well as puddling in muddy areas, where they obtain salts and other minerals.

One response

  1. Susan Holland

    We often see many of these in Ontario on the ashes of the burn pile where we burn brush in the winter/spring. Must be some salts in the ashes that they like.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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