Eurema hecabe, Common Grass Yellow, Pieridae

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Eurema hecabe, Common Grass Yellow, Pieridae


Native South East Asia   Wingspan 2.5-3.5 cm

The sexes are similar, though the males are often brighter in colour.
A very common widely distributed butterfly, and by far the commonest of all Grass Yellows .It occurs from the coastal plains to the highest hills and is found everywhere, including urban areas.
It flies a foot or two feet above ground, rather weakly, and moves about in its habitat with a continuous fluttering of its wings. Females fly higher up in the canopy when in search of larval host plants. It frequently settles on small flowers to nectar and obtain nourishment, but very rarely displays the upper side of its wings. This makes field identification without netting very difficult. It usually flies in the sun but is not averse to partial shade. In the dry zone, during the hottest part of the day, it seeks shelter in the shady thickets and may be seen resting on the underside of leaves. It congregates in large numbers on wet soil, particularly during hot weather.
The eggs are laid singly on the leaves . The adult larva is green, and it usually sits, and often feeds, along the midrib of the leaf or leaflet. In this position, it is well camouflaged from its many predators. Where possible, it will consume the entire leaflet to avoid leaving any clues for avian predators. Pupation occurs on or near the host plant, usually lower down the plant where it is more concealed.

Favourite flowers


Ornithogalum umbellatum

Caterpillar feed on:

Acacia-farnesiana Albizia-julibrissin

Acacia farnesiana Albizia julibrissin

Albizia-lebbeck Caesalpinia-bonduc

Albizia lebbeck Caesalpinia bonduc


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