Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe (Cramer, 1779)  Synonyms: Eurema nicippe, Sleepy Sulphur.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Pieridae   >   Genus Abaeis   

Status:

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) is yet another southern species prone to wandering into Maryland in late summer. This butterfly normally occurs from June or July into September, and even may be uncommon at times. While it may oviposit, the caterpillars are thought to not survive the winters (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003).

Relationships:

Sleepy Orange uses Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and American Senna (Senna hebecarpa), which occur widely, but it may not be able to survive the harsher winter temperatures.

There are 132 records in the project database.

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A Sleepy Orange in Howard Co., Maryland (9/1/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/22/2017). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/8/2010). Photo by Dan Haas. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Howard Co., Maryland (7/28/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/5/2017). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Calvert Co., Maryland (10/16/2016). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Harford Co., Maryland (8/25/2017). Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Charles Co., Maryland (9/29/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Howard Co., Maryland (7/19/2018). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/11/2016). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/30/2017). Photo by Richard Crook. (MBP list)

Sleepy Orange caterpillars in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/5/2013). Verified by Dick Smith/BAMONA. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange caterpillar in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/25/2009). Photo by Sara Tangren. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange caterpillar feeding on Senna in Howard Co., Maryland (7/28/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Sleepy Orange chrysalides reared from larvae collected in Howard Co., Maryland (8/8/2018). The chrysalis at right is very near eclosion. Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Sleepy Orange caterpillar in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/22/2018). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)


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