Small Grass-yellow Eurema smilax Wingspan: 30-33 mm
Sighted: August - June
Larval Food Plants: None grow naturally on our property. However we are growing Senna acclinis in a pot. The known food plants are: Senna acclinis, S. coriaceae, S. gaudichaudii, S. nemophila, S. petiolaris, Cassia fistula and Neptunia
The Small Grass-yellow is quite a small butterfly as demonstrated above by its comparison to the clover flower.
Because the butterfly in the photograph has a damaged hindwing it shows that it lacks the black edging on the upperside distinguishing it from the Common Grass Yellow.
We observed female Small Grass-yellows laying eggs on our potted Senna acclinis in early November 2016.
Senna acclinis grows in the Bellinger Valley (Photograph by Ross Macleay)
Eggs of the Small Grass-yellow that laid on our potted Senna acclinis
Last annual autumn sighting - Dorrigo Plateau: 03/05/18