Sulphur Butterflies  
Those pale elongated spots in the photo above are the butterfly eggs on Cassia (also called Senna). The sulphur on the left is laying an egg on Christmas Cassia. The egg will hatch into a sulphur butterfly caterpillar.

Butterfly life cycle in a sentence: Cassia plants are a Host Plant of Sulphur Butterflies, because the butterflies lay eggs on them, and then the eggs hatch into caterpillars that eat the plant before they make a chrysalis and become a butterfly themselves.

sulphur butterfly lays eggs on cassia host plant
This little Sulphur Butterfly was resting under a leaf in Broward County. After I clicked a few pictures, I picked the leaf, hoping to get better close-ups than I could while it rested in the breeze. I managed to get this one photo below before it flew away. The photo gives some clue to the size of the butterfly though, so if anyone has an I.D. on it, email me and I'll make a page for it and I.D. it here. Cloudless? I have some cloudless caterpillars, so I'll find out soon.
sulphur butterfly eggs on cassia host plant
sulphur butterfly
The photo above is one of the things I love about butterflies. They flutter in 'swirly' circles in the air in a wonderfully whimsical chase. The photo above shows three of them in this dance.

I sure wish I had a video camera that could catch this action in all its beauty! Mine is too grainy for things that small, fast, and far away.

This sulphur that emerged from the chrysalis was in my bug box for a while before I let it go. I thought it would be nice to feed it first, and in the photo below you can see it sipping Gatorade through it's proboscis.

I took those photos with my old camera, but it was a butterfly to remember so I'll keep them posted for a while longer. You'll find better pictures on many of my other butterfly pages.

Sulphur butterfly nectars on Plumbago:
sulphur butterfly
sulphur butterfly
sulphur butterfly nectars on plumbago
This is what most of the sulphur butterfly photos I take look like.

I put it here because I'm not sure which sulphur it is, and to encourage anyone else out there taking a hundred fuzzy photos for every few good ones. Me too.

I know, there are a lot of egg laying photos on this page; the problem with sulphur butterflies is that they're FAST! I can't aim the camera at them, much less focus, before they're gone.

There are a few good times to photograph them: when they're caterpillars, laying eggs, emerging from their chrysalis, mating, and probably sleeping, but I haven't found them doing that, and the one I've followed at dusk went so high in the trees there was no way I could get to them to get a picture anyway.

sulphur butterfly just emerged from chrysalis
sulphur butterfly just emerged from chrysalis
sulphur butterfly
sulphur butterfly
sulphur butterfly
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