Phoebis argante (Fabricius, 1775)

Common Name:
Apricot Sulphur
Synonyms:
Papilio argante (Fabricius, 1775)
Natural History:

Like other pierid, this species can be found in varied habitats in forest or anthropic habitats. Males sucking dissolved salts can be observed solitary or form large aggregations.

P. argante is a very active species and flies in search of flowers. Leave the eggs in new shoots. Larvae and pupae are green and camouflaged in the vegetation (Berti Filho & Cerignoni, 2010).

Distribution:
Argentina; Belize; Brazil; Chile; Cuba; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Guyana; Jamaica; Peru; Puerto Rico; Suriname; Uruguay
Feeding Adult:

Nectar, mineral salts dissolved

Feeding Caterpillars:

According compiled by Beccaloni et al. (2008) the caterpillars feed on:

Capparaceae: Unidentified species

Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae: Cassia sp., Cassia fistula, Caesalpinia sp., Senna bicapsularis, Senna corymbosa, Senna fruticosa, Senna occidentalis, Senna pallida 

Leguminosae - Mimosoideae: Acacia sp., Cojoba arborea, Inga sp., Inga affinis, Inga edulis, Inga fewilleei, Inga laurina, Inga longispica, Inga ruiziana, Inga semialata, Inga striata, Inga uraguensis, Inga vera, Lysoloma acapulcense, Pentaclethra macroloba, Pithecellobium sp., Zygia longifolia.

Publications:
Berti Filho E., Cerignoni J.A. (2010):
Borboletas. Book., Piracicaba, FEALQ: 1-94
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
Phoebis argante nature

Jardim Botânico Adolpho Ducke, Manaus, Amazonas

Photo: Museu da Amazônia

Phoebis argante

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas