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Colias eurytheme (alfalfa caterpillar; Orange Sulphur)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme), also known as the Alfalfa Butterfly and in its larval stage as Alfalfa Caterpillar, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae, where it belongs to the lowland group of "clouded yellows and sulphurs" subfamily Coliadinae. It is found throughout North America from southern Canada to Mexico, but is absent from the central and southeastern USA.Other members of this lineage including the Common or Clouded Sulphur (C.
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Diet [1]  Herbivore
Wing Span [2]  1.7 inches (.044 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Badlands National Park II 178535 South Dakota, United States
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States
Western Michigan University's Asylum Lake Preserve 274 Michigan, United States

Prey / Diet

Arachis hypogaea (Earthnut)[3]
Astragalus alpinus (Alpine Milkvetch)[3]
Astragalus bisulcatus (two groove milkvetch)[3]
Astragalus crassicarpus (groundplum milkvetch)[3]
Astragalus drummondii (Drummond's milk-vetch)[3]
Astragalus plattensis (Platte milkvetch)[3]
Astragalus racemosus (Alkali poisonvetch)[3]
Astragalus trichopodus (Santa Barbara milkvetch)[3]
Astragalus whitneyi (balloonpod milkvetch)[3]
Centaurea solstitialis (yellow starthistle)[3]
Cucumis callosus (cantaloupe)[4]
Cucumis melo (Cantaloupe)[3]
Glycine max (soybean)[3]
Lathyrus jepsonii (Delta tule pea)[3]
Lathyrus leucanthus (aspen pea)[3]
Lupinus minimus (Kettle Falls lupine)[3]
Lupinus succulentus (bigleaf lupine)[3]
Medicago lupulina (nonesuch)[3]
Medicago polymorpha (bur clover)[3]
Medicago sativa (yellow alfalfa)[3]
Pisum sativum (Common Pea)[3]
Sesbania herbacea (hemp sesbania)[3]
Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle)[3]
Thermopsis montana (mountain goldenbanner)[3]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[3]
Trifolium reflexum (buffalo clover)[3]
Trifolium repens (Ladino Clover)[3]
Trifolium stoloniferum (running buffalo clover)[3]
Vicia cracca (cow vetch)[3]
Vicia sativa (narrowleaf vetch)[3]
Vicia villosa (woolly vetch)[3]


Orius insidiosus (insidious flower bug)[3]
Pogonioefferia rapax <Unverified Name>[5]


Parasitized by 
Chetogena claripennis[3]
Lespesia archippivora[3]


Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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