What is Common Grass Yellow?


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For the first time, a large-scale migration of Common Grass Yellow was observed during the three-day butterfly survey which concluded at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) recently.

About Common Grass Yellow:

  • It is a small, charming butterfly species that can be found across Asia, North America, Africa, and Australia.
  • Scientific Name: Eurema hecabe
  • Habitat: They like to fly quickly, close to the ground, are found in open grassy or bushy terrain, hence their name. 
  • Features:
    • They have vibrant yellow wings that can range from a sultry sulfur shade to a lush lemon yellow, shifting with the seasons and their location. This is known as 'seasonal polyphenism'.
    • There is black, broad, irregular outer marking on the forewing. The underside of the wing has variousblack mark with a yellow centre
    • They are often seen in large groups, and the females usually fly about by themselves to find nectar from a wide variety of plants.
    • They are migratory in behavior and are found migrating in large numbers across the entire African, throughout most of Asia south of the Himalayas. 
  • Conservation Status:
    • IUCN Red List: Least Concern
    • This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

Q1: Where is Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu state at the tri-junction of three states, viz, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The name Mudumalai means the ancient hill range because it is as old as 65 million years when the Western Ghats were formed. It has a common boundary with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) on the West, and Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) on the North.

Source: Large migration of Common Grass Yellow butterfly seen in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve