Anteos maerula

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Yellow angled-sulphur
Yellow angled-sulphur (Anteos maerula) male.JPG
male A. m. maerula in Jamaica (dorsal)
Yellow angled-sulphur (Anteos maerula) male underside.JPG
male A. m. maerula in Jamaica (ventral)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Anteos
Species: A. maerula
Binomial name
Anteos maerula
(Fabricius, 1775)[1]
Synonyms
  • Papilio maerula Fabricius, 1775
  • Rhodocera maerula
  • Amynthia maerula
  • Papilio ecclipsis Cramer, [1777]
  • Rhodocera lacordairei Boisduval, 1836
  • Rhodocera gueneeana Boisduval, 1836
  • Gonepteryx maerula ab. flava Röber, 1909
  • Anteos maerula lacordairei

Anteos maerula, the angled sulphur or yellow angled-sulphur, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found from Peru to Mexico. Rarely, migrants can be found up to eastern Nebraska, south-eastern Arizona, south-western New Mexico, southern Texas, Mississippi and Florida.[2]

The wingspan is 82–117 mm. The upperside of the males is bright yellow, while females are paler. Both sexes have a black spot in the forewing cell. Adults feed on the nectar from red and purple flowers, including Hibiscus and Bougainvilla species.

The larvae feed on Cassia species, including Cassia emarginata.

References[edit]

  • F. Martin Brown and Bernard Heineman, Jamaica and its Butterflies (E. W. Classey, London 1972), Plate VII