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Chiricahua White Neophasia terlooti


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Family: Pieridae, Whites and Sulphurs view all from this family

Description Neophasia terlooii, the Chiricahua White, Chiricahua (Pine) White or Chiricahua Pine White, is a butterfly in the Pieridae family. It is found in New Mexico, the high mountains of Arizona, south into Mexico. The habitat consists of pine forests.

The wingspan is 45–58 mm (1.8–2.3 in). Males are white and resemble Neophasia menapia. Females are orange. On both, the upperside of the forewing has a black cell and costal margin. The tip of the wing is black with white spots. Adults are on wing from June to July and again from September to November in two generations per year. They feed on flower nectar and bird droppings in the forest understory.

The larvae feed on various conifers, including Englemann spruce, but mainly Pinus ponderosa. They live in a web and file out of it at night to feed. They pupate together in this web.

Dimensions 1 7/8-2 1/4" (48-57 mm).

Habitat Forests & woodlands.

Range Southwest.