Eurema andersonii, a restless yellow butterfly

Eurema andersonii andersonii (One-spot Grass Yellow) –
Eurema andersonii andersonii (One-spot Grass Yellow)Humph…such a restless flier! This lovely yellow butterfly rarely stops to enable me to capture its image. Very often, the moment I glimpsed it flying around the Pithecellobium dulce ‘Variegated’ (Variegated Madras Thorn) in our garden, I’ll zoom in with camera but end up disappointed many a time.

Nevertheless, I was very patient recently as I waited around the potted plant, squatted with camera readied and finally succeeded to shoot 4 reasonably good pictures. Absolutely thrilled even though I hadn’t managed to get any with wings spread out. Hopefully one day soon! ;)

Eurema andersonii andersonii (One-spot Grass Yellow)E. andersonii, one of the several common yellow Eurema species is a small sized butterfly with wingspan about 4cm, and displaying attractive yellow ground color and blackish-brown trimmings on the upperside of both pairs of wings. On the underside, there are some scattered brown markings and a typical one cell spot on the forewing, hence this beauty is commonly named One-spot Grass Yellow.

There are some tiny green caterpillars foraging the leaves of Variegated Madras Thorn and I’m wondering whether these belong to the E. andersonii that frequents our plants, almost daily?


  • Scientific name: Eurema andersonii andersonii (Moore 1886)
  • Common name: One-spot Grass Yellow
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
  • Family: Pieridae
  • Subfamily: Coliadinae
  • Genus: Eurema
  • Species: andersonii andersonii

Range: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and Java.

Habitat: Nature reserves, undergrowth at forest fringes or gardens.

Food: Leguminosae / Fabaceae / Mimosaceae

More information at Butterfly Circle and some images here.

Last edit: May 30, 2016

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