Sleepy Orange

Eurema nicippe

Appearance: Above, orange with a black border and small black cell spot on forewing. Below, orange-yellow with rust or light brown smudges on the hindwing; black cell spot on forewing.

Size: Medium; 1 1/4 to 2 inches

Habitat: Many open habitats such as disturbed and or fallow fields and roadsides

Season: Mid-summer into fall

Larval Foodplant: Sennas

Did You Know…
This butterfly is misnamed; it is an erratic but fast flyer. The “sleepy” refers to the black cell spot on the forewing which looks to some like a closed eye.

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