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Dainty Sulphur

Nathalis iole

 

Photo © by Mike Plagens

This butterfly was photographed using a Nikon CoolPix 990 Oct. 2003 in the White Canyon Wilderness south of Superior, Arizona. It has a wingspan of roughly 28 mm.

Pieridae -- White & Sulphur Butterfly Family

These butterflies normally fly close to the ground changing flight directions frequently and perching on the soil. They occasionally take nectar at flowers, but more often participate in 'puddle parties' - gathering of butterflies at moist, saline soil. They are common after mid spring, and especially after the summer monsoon begins, and mostly in the upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert.

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