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Search Results African Butterfly News
2018, Nov/ December: 1 - 66
Publication Date : 2018-11-09
Author/s : Jeremy C.H. Dobson
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AFRICAN BUTTERFLY NEWS: EARLY SUMMER EDITION NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2018 


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Welcome to the Early Summer edition of African Butterfly News! Without wishing to be a prophet of doom, the early part of the 2018 – 2019 season has been fairly disastrous. With one or two exceptions, butterfly numbers have crashed and there are no records whatsoever for several rare spring Lycaenidae throughout the country. Hopefully the situation will improve, but please help me monitor the situation by sending speciescounts to the Butterfly Index – refer to the FEATURES section of this newsletter. Despite the relative paucity of butterflies, I’ve received a record number of contributions for this edition of the newsletter – thanks to all the contributors! Refer to the back-page for links to all previous editions, or visit the LepSoc Africa website: http://lepsocafrica.org/


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 90 - 91
Publication Date : 2018-10-25
Author/s : Peter R.F. Ward, Ian Bampton & Steve C. Collins
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NOTE: Further observations on the butterflies of Mauritius (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea)


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 83 - 89
Publication Date : 2018-10-08
Author/s : John R. Grehan and Colin D. Ralston
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Observations on larval tunneling by the enigmatic South African Keurboom Moth Leto venus (Cramer, 1780) (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae).


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Details of tunneling and feeding by larvae of Leto venus are described and illustrated for the first time. Larval tunnels were examined from a section of lower trunk of the host plant Virgilia oroboides ferruginea from the Garden Route Botanical Gardens. Tunnels were 255-324 mm in length and of irregular cross sectional shape and located in the outer cortex and phloem, sometimes intersecting bark. Emergent pupae protrude from the host, sometimes from a ‘cocoon’ of silk and debris that also forms a tubular extension beyond the bark surface. The location of tunnels and their short length relative to the size of the larva and duration of larval development suggests that larvae are not primarily wood consumers, but utilize a replenished food supply, perhaps grazing phloem resulting in a sustained release of nutrient rich sap. The tunneling and feeding mode of L. venus provides new insights into possible modes of evolutionary transition between general tissue feeding found in many root feeders and callus feeding that occurs in other stem boring Hepialidae.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 79 - 82
Publication Date : 2018-10-07
Author/s : Alan J. Gardiner and Marianne Espeland
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A new species of Lepidochrysops Hedicke, 1923 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae) from Western Zambia.


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A new Lepidochrysops species is described and figured from Western Zambia, Lepidochrysops ella sp. n. and a diagnosis for its separation from other similar Lepidochrysops is provided.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2018, Metamorphosis Volume 29 Articles: 56 - 78
Publication Date : 2018-10-04
Author/s : Kari Nupponen
Title :

Notes on Scythrididae of western South Africa and Namibia, with descriptions of eight new species (Lepidoptera: Scythrididae)


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A list of 60 species embracing 1163 specimens of the family Scythrididae from western South Africa and Namibia is presented. The material was collected during 2016 in the course of two Finnish–Estonian expeditions to the Cape provinces of the RSA, and one further Estonian expedition to central and north-eastern Namibia. Eight new species are described from South Africa: Haploscythris karoocola sp. nov., H. orthogonella sp. nov., H. sihvoneni sp. nov., H. swartbergensis sp. nov., Scythris curtiphallus sp. nov., S. kgalagadica sp. nov., S. sippolai sp. nov., and S. vaalamoi sp. nov. The genitalia of previously unknown females of Scythris claudioculella Bengtsson, 2014, S. exsoluta Meyrick, 1920 and Scythris unciclavella Bengtsson, 2014 are described and illustrated, as well as the male genitalia of S. potgieteri Bengtsson, 2014 and S. worcesterensis Bengtsson, 2014. Scythris eburnella Bengtsson, 2014, S. kebirella (Amsel, 1935) and S. ugabensis Bengtsson, 2014 are reported as new to South Africa, and S. clemens Meyrick, 1921 as new to Namibia. The DNA barcodes were produced for 48 species. The known distribution range of each species is given, and the taxonomy of some species is briefly discussed.


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