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Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly * Phoebis sennae

The Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly is native to the Southern part of the US East and West Coast. Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly is one of the larger yellow Sulfur Butterflies with wingspans of 2-3". The Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly is often very busy in the garden rarely seeming to rest. The caterpillar host is the Senna or Cassia. The adult Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly feed on a wide variety of tubular flowers, see the list below. The male is mostly yellow with the pairs of patches. The femaile more variable in color from white to yellow with a dark wing margin. The Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly is a common visitor to the butterfly garden. The Cloudless Sulfur Butterflies were steady visitors to the flowers of this planting of Justicia leonardii.

Cloudless Sulfur Male

A male Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly on Justicia leonardii. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants to attract the California Dogface Butterfly to your garden :
Arbutus unedo
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Danville
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Little Sur
Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn
Arctostaphylos insularis
Arctostaphylos John Dourley
Arctostaphylos Lester Rowntree
Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
Argyranthemum Chelsea Girl
Argyranthemum Madeira Cherry Red
Argyranthemum Silver Lady
Aster chilensis
Beloperone californica
Beloperone californica Tecate Gold
Bougainvillea Barbara Karst
Bougainvillea Flame
Bougainvillea Rosenka
Caesalpinia californica
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Calliandra californica
Calliandra eriophylla
Calliandra haematocephala
Calliandra haematocephala alba
Calliandra tweedii
Cassia artemisioides (host food)
Cassia leptophylla (host food)
Centaurea gymnocarpa
Centaurea montana
Cirsium occidentale
Convolvulus sabatius
Dicliptera suberecta
Duranta erecta
Encelia californica
Encelia californica Paleo Yellow
Encelia farinosa
Erigeron argentatus * Silver Fleabane
Erigeron glaucus Bountiful * Bountiful Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Sea Breeze * Pink Seaside Daisy, Sea Breeze Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Wayne Roderick * Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus White Lights * White Lights Seaside Daisy
Erigeron karvinskianus * Mexican Daisy, Santa Barbara Daisy
Erigeron speciosus * Aspen Fleabane, Showy Fleabane, Oregon Fleabane
Evolvulus nuttallianus
Grindelia camporum * Great Valley Gumweed, Great Valley Gumplant
Grindelia stricta * Coast Gumweed, Coast Gumplant
Hibiscus lasiocarpos
Hibiscus sabdariffa
Justicia californica
Justicia californica Tecate Gold
Justicia Fruit Salad
Justicia Jambalaya
Justicia leonardii
Justicia rizzinii
Justicia suberecta
Lantana Luscious Citrus Blend
Lavandula dentata, Lavandula dentata candicans
Lavandula Fred Boutin
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey
Lavandula Grosso
Lavandula heterophylla
Lavandula multifida
Lavandula pinnata buchii
Lavandula Provence
Lavatera assurgentiflora
Lavatera bicolor
Lavatera purisima
Leonotis menthifolia
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia laxiflora
Malacothamnus davidsonii
Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Monardella lanceolata
Monardella odoratissima
Pavonia missionum
Pavonia praemorsa
Pentas lanceolata
Pentas Pearl White
Rudbeckia Tiger Eye
Ruellia brittoniana
Salvia Allen Chickering * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage, Santa Rosa Island Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia chionopeplica * Baja Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia coahuilensis * Coahuila Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia leucantha * Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream
Salvia leucantha Midnight
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara
Salvia leucophylla * Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia munzii * San Diego Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia munzii Emerald Cascade * San Miguel Mountain Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Grey Musk Sage
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia Winnifred Gilman * Blue Sage
Senna artemesioides (host food)
Symphyotrichum chilense
Trichostema lanatum
Trichostema Midnight Magic
Venegasia carpesioides