Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Eurema herla (W.S. Macleay, 1826)

Macleay's Grass Yellow, Pink Grass-yellow




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Hammond Island, Torres Strait (see Lane & Moulds 2015: 31)

Australian Endemic.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Northern Territory: N Gulf, N coastal
    • Queensland: Murray-Darling basin, N Gulf, NE coastal
    • Western Australia: N coastal

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Chamaecrista sp. [CAESALPINIACEAE]).


General References

Common, I.F.B. & Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson xiv 682 pp. 49 pls. [276] (biology)

Jones, R.E. 1999. The Grass Yellows, Eurema Species (Pieridae). pp. 143-151 in Kitching, R.L., Scheermeyer, E., Jones, R.L. & Pierce, N.E. (eds). Biology of Australian Butterflies. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing xvi 395 pp. [143]

Miskin, W.H. 1891. A synonymical catalogue of the Lepidoptera Rhopalocera (Butterflies) of Australia with full bibliographical reference: including descriptions of some new species. Annals of the Queensland Museum 1: [i]-xx 1-[93] [i]-ix [9] (synonymy of Pieris herla W.S. Macleay, 1826 and Terias hespera Butler, 1886)

Waterhouse, G.A. 1932. What Butterfly is That? A Guide to the Butterflies of Australia. Illustrated by Neville Cayley. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 291 pp. 34 pls. [Date published 15/Dec/1932] [65]

Waterhouse, G.A. & Lyell, G. 1914. The Butterflies of Australia: a monograph of the Australian Rhopalocera introducing a complete scheme of structural classification, and giving descriptions and illustrations of all the butterflies found in Australia, including a number now recorded for the first time. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 239 pp. 38 pls + 3 unnumbered colour pls. [Date published 25 July 1914] [155] (description, distribution, synonymy of Pieris herla W.S. Macleay, 1826 and Terias immaculata Miskin, 1889)

Yata, O. 1989. A revision of the Old World species of the genus Eurema Hübner (Lepidoptera, Pieridae) Part I. Phylogeny and zoogeography of the subgenus Terias Swainson and description of the subgenus Eurema Hübner. Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History 9: 1-103 pls 1-24 [93] (biology and genitalia illustrations)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-Mar-2024 PAPILIONOIDEA 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
04-Feb-2023 PAPILIONOIDEA 22-Dec-2023 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby (ANU)
13-May-2022 PAPILIONOIDEA 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
26-Feb-2021 PAPILIONOIDEA 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
04-Jun-2020 PAPILIONOIDEA 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
06-Sep-2017 PAPILIONOIDEA 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED
05-Mar-2013 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2012 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED
07-Mar-2024 MODIFIED