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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2019, Metamorphosis Volume 30 Articles: 51 - 54
Publication Date : 2019-12-29
Author/s : Ernest L. Pringle and Alan Heath
Title :

A new species of Thestor Hübner, [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Miletinae) from the Clanwilliam region of the Western Cape, South Africa.


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A new species from the western mountains of the Western Cape is described, and the evolutionary origins, as well as the taxonomic history, of the species and its genus are briefly discussed.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2019, Metamorphosis Volume 30 Articles: 46 - 50
Publication Date : 2019-12-28
Author/s : Koen V.N. Maes
Title :

Description of four new species of Crambidae from the Afrotropical region (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae).


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Four new species from the Afrotropical region are described: Pioneabathra flammea sp.nov.; Diathrausta media sp.nov.; Udeoides invagnalis sp.nov. and Pyrausta rosecentralis sp.nov. Adult moths and their genitalia are illustrated.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2019, Metamorphosis Volume 30 Articles: 43 - 45
Publication Date : 2019-12-27
Author/s : John R. Grehan, Colin D. Ralston & Simon van Noort
Title :

Specialized wing scales in the male of the South African moth Leto venus (Cramer, 1780) (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae)


Abstract :

The presence of erects rows of elongate rod-like scales on the ventral wing surface and hindwing dorsal surface of Leto venus is illustrated and described. The scales lack basal swellings that are indicative of pheromone secretion. The scales may be involved with pheromone dissemination, function in some other manner, or have no discernible function at all in the sense of an environmental interaction that directly affects survival. The form and arrangement of these scales in L. venus is compared with the specialized elongate wing scales of Puermytrans chiliensis (Chile) and Phassodes vitiensis (Fiji).


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2019, Metamorphosis Volume 30 Articles: 33 - 42
Publication Date : 2019-12-26
Author/s : W. John Tennent and Peter J.C. Russell
Title :

Some phenotypic variation in Leptotes pirithous on the Cape Verde Islands, in a wider geographical context (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)


Abstract :

Unusual phenotypes of Leptotes pirithous (Linnaeus, 1767) were encountered on islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago in 2013 and 2017. Dark/pale and tailed/tailless forms of this polyommatine lycaenid species are illustrated and discussed. The name capverti Libert, Baliteau & Baliteau, 2011, is considered and the phenotype compared with dark forms elsewhere. It is concluded that many individuals are indistinguishable from the Indian Ocean f. insulana Aurivillius, 1909, and from other dark forms that occur in many localities. L. pirithous host-plants on eight different islands, and observations regarding phenotypes, are tabulated. The three specimens of Aurivillius’ insulana and the holotype and both paratypes of capverti are illustrated for the first time, together with a sample of specimens of L. pirithous from the African mainland, the Cape Verde Islands and other islands in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.


Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2019, Metamorphosis Volume 30 Articles: 30 - 32
Publication Date : 2019-12-21
Author/s : Wolfram Mey
Title :

First report of Eriocottidae from Madagascar (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)


Abstract :

The genus Filiramifera gen.nov. is established to accommodate the first examined species of Eriocottidae from Madagascar, named as F. naumanni spec. nov. The new species differs from the remaining taxa of the family by the presence of unipectinate antennae and strongly spined abdominal terga of the male. The male genitalia, wing venation and the adult moth are illustrated.


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