Life Cycle Of Common Grass Yellow Butterfly

The Common Grass Yellow or Large Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) is a small butterfly (wingspan 35-40 mm) in family Pieridae, found in Pakistan. This species is very common in the Autumn (August, September and October).
The upperside of the wings is bright yellow with the fore wing having broadly black excavated border in the apex and termen and hind wing with narrow irregular border. Underside of both wings is yellow with dark brown markings and irregular shaped rings. The female is large and paler than male.
Their larvae feed on plants in the family Fabaceae, however the main host plants in our area are different species of Sesbania.


Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Life Cycle Pictures
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Male
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Female Ovipositing Egg
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Mating Pair
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Eggs
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Egg
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Caterpillar
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Caterpillar
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Pupa
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Pupa
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Newly Emerged Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Newly Emerged Common Grass Yellow Butterfly

15 comments:

Anna said...

Hey birdy you are so good at it, photographing the cycle. Hope you get published in the book one day, it would be a great educational tool for others. Anna :)

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Amir Weinstein said...

Nice documenting and photos.
Waiting for the next story

Claudia said...

Super set of images, congratulations!

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Andrea said...

Birdy, i always envy your patience in locating their life stages! We have plenty of these yellows also, but i can't seem to see them in those stages, esp the emergence, the mating and this is the first time i learned that is the larvae of those yellows. I thought it is Pierias hekabe, but you said it is Eurema hecabe. What is the caterpillar host plant? BTW, i would like to ask also what is your camera, i love your close-ups.

Andrea said...

Oh Birdy, i forgot, can you please identify my butterflies, if you don't mind? Thank you.

kanak7 said...

Loved going through the series of the entire cycle. Although these butterflies are found here, I haven't had the opportunity to closely observe them. Great post, Birdy.

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Yacek said...

Very nice pictures

birdy said...

Thanks Anna for the compliment. Never thought about publishing a book. I’m too armature regarding my knowledge and as well as photography skills. Therefore publishing a book is almost impossible for me.

The Old Geezer, thanks for following my blog. I will certainly follow your blog.

Thanks Fazrul Arhan for your comment and appreciation.

Thanks Walterbayliss for stopping by and dropping your kind words.

Thanks Amir for your regular visits and feed back.

Claudia, your comment and appreciation are highly valued.

Thanks Matthias for the feed back.

Thanks Andrea for your detail comment. The Eurema hecabe is also known as Terias hecabe, but not sure about the Pierias hecabe. As I mentioned in my post that their host plants comprise of a large varieties of plants in the family Fabaceae. To be more specific the host in our area is Sesbania aculeate.
The cameras I’m using these days are Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 and Canon PowerShot SD770 IS (both out of order).

Thanks Kanak! This species is common in most countries of Asia, so must be in India.

Merci Ale pour votre offre. Je vais certainement enregistrer mon blog il.

Thanks Yacek for the comment.

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