Sleepy Orange Butterfly
(Eurema nicippe)

Sleepy Orange Butterfly
Photo by permission of Bill Horn

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Summer, spring, fall; adults may be found year-round in deep South

The Sleepy Orange Butterfly is native to North Carolina. It is found locally in Durham County, Orange County, and Wake County. This little butterfly was named because of the dots on the front of the wing, which look like closed, sleepy eyes. On a bright summerís day, the Sleepy Orange Butterfly can barely be seen in pure daylight because the bright yellow practically blends in with the sunlight.

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Walnut Creek Sighting: Seen along State Street boardwalk in mid-September 2008.

Sleepy Orange Butterfly
Photo by permission of Bill Horn
Sleepy Orange Butterfly
Photo by permission of Jeffrey S. Pippen

Sleepy Orange Butterfly
Photo by permission of June Jeffries

This page prepared by 8th grader Sofia B.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008