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Mexican Yellow

Eurema mexicana, Boisduval, 1836

Subfamily Coliadinae

 

Taxonomy

 

There are about 1100 or so species within the family Pieridae.  The family is further divided into three subfamilies, the Coliadinae which has about 300 species worldwide and includes the Sulphurs, Yellows and Brimstones, the Pierinae which has about 700 species worldwide and includes the Whites, Orange-tips and Jezebels, and the Dismorphiinae which has about 100 species mostly in the tropics and includes the Wood Whites and Mimics.

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Eurema mexicana, Lexington Wildlife Management Area, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, 13 July 2008                                                                                  Ref #:  I-393-13.6

General Information:

 

Eurema mexicana is found in south-central United States then southward.  It is known to make long migrations as far north as Canada.  It can be found in most environments and avidly gathers nectar and males mudpuddle.  Where found it has three to four broods.

Lifecycle:

 

The green caterpillars can be found on legumes such as fern acacia and locust.  The larvae hatch from conical shaped whitish eggs.

Eurema mexicana, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 30 June 2012

                                                                                                 Ref #:  I-528-5