|Cabbage Whites 2012 and 2009|
|Cabbage Whites and Orange Sulphur 2012|
|Orange and Clouded Sulphurs 2012 and earlier|
Orange and Clouded Sulphurs fly about low to the ground in meadows, pastures and fields choosing legumes such as clovers, vetches and alfalfa leaves to fasten a single egg to. I have noted that they choose lupines too. In Massachusetts the Whites and Sulphurs overwinter as fourth instars or chrysalises.
I still have the Fritillary, Skipper and Monarch butterflies of 2012 to share. By next week the gardens should be wide awake with many more returning birds and butterflies awaking with it. It is exciting to imagine all of these beauties and more flitting about the fields and gardens soon. Happy butterflying!
A new installment of my ‘A Bestiary’ is up over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.