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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2020, Metamorphosis Volume 31 Part 1: 82 - 83
Publication Date : 2020-09-14
Author/s : Mark C. Williams
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Taxonomic notes on members of the subtribe Polyommatina (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae) occurring in the Afrotropical region


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2020, Metamorphosis Volume 31 Part 1: 81 - 81
Publication Date : 2020-09-13
Author/s : Mark C. Williams & Graham A. Henning
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Taxonomic note on three species in the tribe Acraeini Boisduval, 1833 (Lepidoptera: Nymphaliadae: Heliconiinae)


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2020, Metamorphosis Volume 31 Part 1: 79 - 80
Publication Date : 2020-09-10
Author/s : Szabolcs Sáfián
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First records of African clearwing moths (Lepidoptera, Sesiidae) nectaring on the invasive Shrubby False Buttonweed ? Spermacoce verticillata L. (Rubiaceae) in Guinea and Liberia, West Africa


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2020, Metamorphosis Volume 31 Part 1: 72 - 78
Publication Date : 2020-09-10
Author/s : Alan Heath & Andre Claassens†
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Illustrated descriptions of juvenile stages of an Aloeides species close to margaretae Tite & Dickson, including comparisons with both A. apicalis Tite & Dickson and A. depicta Tite & Dickson


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The butterfly in this study is provisionally treated as Aloeides margaretae and represents observations and material from Moorreesburg, Lambert’s Bay and Graafwater, in the Western Cape province. The juvenile stages illustrated herein were mostly obtained from Graafwater; although they are consistent with observations at the other localities. These juvenile stages are compared with Gowan Clark’s illustrations of Adepicta in Tite & Dickson (1968). Some small differences in markings of the larval stages were noted, that together with a difference in the shape of the hind wing, lend some support for their separate status. A comparison is also made here between the adult stages of Amargaretae and Aapicalis. This reveals little significant or consistent difference between them in either wing shape or markings, inferring that their taxonomic relationship needs to be reviewed in a molecular study. It is surprising that Tite & Dickson did not attempt to define or question the relationship between them seeing that both taxa were described by them in the same publication and that according to their designated paratypes, their distributions overlapped. It is unlikely that species of host plant or host ant can throw any further light on their relationship as there is a dearth of such data in most descriptions of myrmecophilous juveniles, especially in the earlier publications, prompting a plea herein for lepidopterists to add observed host information to the usual collecting data and to collect samples of the host ants wherever possible.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2020, Metamorphosis Volume 31 Part 1: 56 - 71
Publication Date : 2020-09-07
Author/s : Szabolcs Sáfián, Claudio Belcastro, Patrick Boireau & Steve C. Collins
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New taxa of skipper butterflies (Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae) from tropical Africa


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Three new species, Apallaga klaudiae sp. n., Gorgyra ziama sp. n., Andronymus teresae sp. n. and a new subspecies, Eagris tetrastigma lomana ssp. n., of skipper butterflies (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) from the tropical forest zone of Africa are described in comparison with their presumed closest relatives.


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