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

The Caterpillars of this species feed on :

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

    Eurema herla
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph))

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

    Eurema herla
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    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

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

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

    William Sharp Macleay,
    Annulosa,
    in Philip Parker King :
    Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia,
    Volume 2 (1826), Appendix B, pp. 460-461, No. 144.


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    (updated 1 January 2012, 14 April 2015, 13 June 2020)