One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Bet many of you see these little yellow butterflies around.

Mystery # 102

Do you know what they’re called? Check in later!


The Clouded Sulphur is a common mid-sized butterfly, but not all yellow as this view makes you think. This is the underside of the butterfly’s wings. The topside has a black edging along the wings, which you can make out as what looks like a shadow on this little fellow. If you could see the topside, you could tell if this butterfly is a male of female: the males have a solid black edging, but in the females the edging contains blurry spaces or spots of yellow showing through.

We hope you noted the antennae on this butterfly and go back and compare it to the feathery antennae of the moth we showed last Sunday and the Skipper from midweek! That’s your quick way to break apart these flying nectar feeders!


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