Sleepy Orange (Abaeis [Eurema] nicippe)
The Sleepy Orange is one of our most common and brightly colored butterflies.
Female, Durham Co., NC 8/15/10.
Male, Durham Co., NC 8/19/12.
You can see hundreds in a day in farm fields in the Coastal Plain.
Female, Washington Co., NC 6/21/06.
The summer form is a bright orange-yellow beneath and orange above with black borders. Males are less heavily marked than females.
Male, Lenoir Co., NC 8/25/02.
|Summer form female, Lenoir Co., NC 8/25/02.|
|The distinctive "winter" form, with vermiculated lower hindwings, is seen from mid-fall through mid-spring. They are usually a rich, pumpkin-orange color above, with black borders.
These orange butterflies are called "sleepy" because they have a black mark on the forewing shaped like a closed eye. You can see it well on this individual.
Female, Craven Co., NC 10/12/01.
Male, Orange Co., NC 11/10/02.
|Definitely one of our most attractive butterflies.|
Summer form male, Durham Co., NC 9/16/01.
A puddle party featuring 20 Sleepy Oranges, 2 Cloudless Sulphurs, 2 Silvery Checkerspots, and 6 Common Checkered-Skippers.
Durham Co., NC 8/15/10.