Eurema puella (Boisduval, 1832)
Broad Margined Grass Yellow
(previously known as Xanthidia puella)
COLIADINAE ,   PIERIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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 :

  • Cape Laceflower ( Archidendron hirsutumm, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Naked Labwa ( Ventilago ecorollata, RHAMNACEAE ).

    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.

    Eurema puella
    Male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The upper wing surfaces of the female are white, with a similar broad black border.

    Eurema puella
    Female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    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

  • New Guinea,

    and the subspecies virgo (Wallace, 1867) in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    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.


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    (updated 1 January 2012, 8 March 2017)