The Orange Sulphur Butterfly is a very common North American butterfly with a bright appearance and a relatively small size, found across the open lands. The Orange Sulphur has wings of pale yellow-orange peppered with sparse spots of blue-brown and outlined in a light pink border. The female often has small white or silver spots on the underside of her wings.


Orange Sulphur – Blanket Flower“, by Ken Slade, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Orange Sulphur Facts

Butterfly Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Coliadinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 2 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: A wide variety of open sites, especially clover and alfalfa fields, mowed fields, vacant lots, meadows, and road edges


Orange Sulphur Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Alfalfa
  • White Clover
  • Garden Vetch
  • Wild Indigo

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Milkweeds
    • Dandelion
    • Goldenrods
    • Asters
    • Violet
    • Tennessee Coneflower
    • Ironweed
    • Lanceleaf Gumweed
    • Clover