Broad Margined Grass Yellow
(previously known as Xanthidia puella)
COLIADINAE , PIERIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
The eggs are white and and have a height of about 1 mm. They are laid singly on a foodplant.
The Caterpillar is green with a white line along each side. It grows to a length of about 2 cms. It has been found feeding on :
The pupa is green with a brown and white line along the back, and a pointed head. It has a length of about 1.5 cms. It is usually attached to the underside of a stem by cremaster and girdle.
The the wings of the male adult butterfly are yellow with a broad black border.
(Specimen: courtesy of the
The Australian Museum)
The upper wing surfaces of the female are white, with a similar broad black border.
The underside of the female is however yellow with a black border, like that of the male. Both sexes have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.
The species is found as several subspecies in
and the subspecies virgo (Wallace, 1867) in Australia in:
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Faune Entomologique de L'Ocean Pacifique,
in M. J. Dumont d'Urville:
Voyage de Decouvertes de la Corvette l'Astrolabe,
Division 7 (Entomologie), Part 1, (1832), pp. 60-61, No. 2., and also Plate 2, fig. 8.
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 304-305.
(updated 1 January 2012, 8 March 2017)