Broad Bordered Grass Yellow
(one synonym : Terias lerna Felder, 1860)
COLIADINAE, PIERIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
The Caterpillar of this species is green with a darker green line along the back, and a pale line along each side. It feed has been found feeding on a variey of plants including
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The pupa is green with a yellow line along each side, and has a pointed head with a pink tip. Sometimes the pupa has reddish speckles. The pupa is attached to a twig of the foodplant with a cremaster and girdle. The length of the pupa is about 1.5 cms.
The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterflies are yellow with black borders. Each forewing tip has narrow broken pink edges.
The undersides are yellow with sparse brown marks, and a rust coloured edge. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are spindle-shaped and pale yellow, with fine logitudinal ribs. The eggs are about 1.5 mm high. They are laid singly on the upper surface of a leaf of a foodplant.
The species occurs as various subspecies in Africa and Asia, including :
as well australis (Wallace, 1867) in the north and east of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 297-299.
Life history notes on the No-brand Grass Yellow, Eurema brigitta australis (Stoll, 1780) Lepidoptera: Pieridae,
Issue 68 (March 2013), pp. 21-23,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
in Pieter Cramer:
De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
Volume 4 (1782), p. 82, figs. B, C, and also Plate 331, figs. B, C.
(updated 25 July 2013, 28 January 2014, 14 April 2015)