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  Large Grass-yellow (Eurema hecabe)





Large Grass-yellow | Eurema hecabe photo
The Large Grass-yellow is brightly coloured, but well camouflaged when at rest amongst yellow leaves.

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Large Grass-yellow | Eurema hecabe photo
The Large Grass-yellow has colour variations - this is a male of the dry-season form.

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Large Grass-yellow | Eurema hecabe photo
not sure if this is a Large Grass-yellow. It could be female wet-season form?

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LARGE GRASS-YELLOW FACTS

Identification
The Large Grass-yellow butterfly has black tips on the upper side of the forewings. The underside of the wings are yellow with small dirty looking dark marks.

Size
wingspan 40mm

Habitat
savannah, open woodland

Food
caterpillars feed on the soft fronds of Cycad plants. Adults feed on nectar

Range
breeds in north Queensland and top of Northern Territory. Migrates down east coast in autumn to southern Queensland and New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pieridae
Genus:Eurema
Species:hecabe
Common Name:Large Grass-yellow

Relatives in same Genus
  Papuan Grass-yellow (E. blanda)
  No-brand Grass-yellow (E. brigitta)
  Lined Grass-yellow (E. laeta)