Eurema herla (W.S.Macleay, 1826)
Macleay's Grass Yellow
(previously known as Pieris herla)
COLIADINAE ,   PIERIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

These Caterpillars feed on :

  • Fish-bone Cassia ( Chamaecrista mimosoides, CAESALPINIACEAE ).

    Eurema herla
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adults are mainly yellow, with a smoothly rounded black area at the upperside of the tips of each fore wing, and dark dots at the ends of the veins at the margin of the upper side of the hind wings.

    Eurema herla
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    Underneath, they have yellow fore wings, and orange hind wings that have some indistinct darker bands. The wing span is about 3 cms.

    This species is found over most of the north and east of Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 301-302.


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    (updated 1 January 2012)