Phoebis philea (Linnaeus, 1763)

Common Name:
Orange-barred Sulphur
Papilio philea (Linnaeus, 1763)   
Natural History:

Common species in open areas and sunny. Always active sucking salts in puddles, or visiting flowers. Males and females are yellow, varying the tone between the sexes.

Argentina; Belize; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Guyana; Mexico; Panama; Peru; Puerto Rico; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela
anthropogenic, open forest / meadow, river bank
Feeding Adult:

Adults are observed visiting flowers and sucking dissolved salts in the soil moist.

Feeding Caterpillars:

The caterpillars feed on many species of Leguminosae. According compiled by Beccaloni et al. 2008, are host-plants:

Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae: Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Cassia grandis, Cassia imperialis, Cassia javanica, Chamaecrista glandulosa tristicula, Cassia spp., Senna alata, Senna bicapsularis, Senna corymbosa, Senna fruticosa, Senna hayesiana, Senna hirsuta, Senna macranthera, Senna mutisiana, Senna occidentalis, Senna pallida, Senna papillosa, Senna reticulata, Senna siamea, Senna spectabilis

Leguminosae - Papilionoideae: Coronilla valentina, Medicago sativa

Myrtaceae: Psidium guajava

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 philea

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

Puddling group of Pieridae and Papilionidae


Photo: Marcos Amend