Those pale elongated spots in the photo above are the butterfly eggs on
(also called Senna). The
sulphur on the left is laying an egg on
egg will hatch into a
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.
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.
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
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
This is what most of the sulphur butterfly photos I take look like.
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
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