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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 33 (2022), Articles: 48 - 63
Publication Date : 2022-06-10
Author/s : William R. C. Miles, Lauren E. Morgan, Lydia R. J. Mulvaney & Alvaro A. Vetina
Title :

A contribution to the knowledge of the butterfly fauna of Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique from African Natural History Research Trust expeditions (Papilionoidea)


Abstract :

This article provides a checklist for the butterfly species of the Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) in the south of Mozambique, recorded during three expeditions organised by the African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT), in collaboration with the Museu de História Natural, Maputo, between 2016 and 2018. A total of 163 species in 86 genera are recorded from the reserve with two new country records for Mozambique: Deloneura millari millari Trimen, 1906 and Iolaus lulua (Riley, 1944), both Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany hotspot endemics. A brief note is also included for a short reconnaissance expedition in 2018 to the north of Mozambique which yielded two further new records, Acraea nohara halali Marshall, 1896 and Gretna carmen capra Evans, 1937. The possible factors governing butterfly distribution in the MSR, including seasonality, choice of study site and habitat are discussed in further detail.  Photographs of habitus, genitalia and habitat are provided to corroborate findings and suggestions for future work included.

Resumo: Este artigo fornece uma lista de espécies de borboletas da Reserva Especial de Maputo, no sul de Moçambique, registadas durante três expedições organizadas pelo African Natural History Research Trust, em colaboração com o Museu de História Natural, Maputo, entre 2016 e 2018. Um total de 163 espécies, em 86 géneros foram registadas na reserva com dois novos registos nacionais para Moçambique: Deloneura millari millari Trimen, 1906 e Iolaus lulua (Riley, 1944), ambas são endémicas do hotspots de Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany. Esta incluida tambem uma breve nota de uma curta expedição de reconhecimento em 2018, ao norte de Moçambique que rendeu mais dois novos registros, Acraea nohara halali Marshall, 1896 e Gretna carmen capra Evans, 1937. Os possíveis fatores que padronizam a distribuição de borboletas na MSR, incluindo sazonalidade, escolha do local de estudo e habitat são discutidos em mais detalhes. Fotografias de habitus, genitália e habitat são fornecidas para corroborar as descobertas e sugestões para trabalhos futuros incluídos.


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Search Results African Butterfly News
2022: 1 - 104
Publication Date : 2022-05-03
Author/s : Jeremy C.H. Dobson
Title :

African Butterfly News May 2021

ABN 2022-3


Abstract :

Welcome to May’s newsletter!

The 2021 – 2022 season is coming to an end in South Africa. Despite exceptional rainfall over large parts of the country, this hasn’t been a particularly good butterfly season in my opinion. While there have been a few notable sightings and discoveries, these have been few and far between.

Talking of rainfall, our thoughts go out to anyone who may have been affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal.


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 33 (2022), Articles: 42 - 47
Publication Date : 2022-04-25
Author/s : Szabolcs Sáfián and Steve C. Collins
Title :

A new species of Iolaus Hübner, [1819] (Papilionoidea, Lycaenidae, Theclinae) in the subgenus Argiolaus Druce, 1891 from Kenya.


Abstract :

A new species in the genus Iolaus (Papilionoidea, Lycaenidae, Theclinae) is described from the Gatamaiyu Forest, Aberdare Mountains, Central Highlands, Kenya. Morphologically, I. gatamaiyu sp. n. is similar to I. manasei Libert, 1993, a species of submontane forests of the Cameroon Highlands, which has very different male genitalia. The male genitalia of the new species are similar to those of I. crawshayi crawshayi Butler, 1897, I. crawshayi littoralis Stempffer & Bennett, 1958 and particularly to those of I. crawshayi maureli Dufrane, 1954.  All these subspecies of I. crawshayi, however, are morphologically and ecologically distinct. The subgeneric placement of I. manasei is also briefly discussed.


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 33 (2022), Articles: 34 - 41
Publication Date : 2022-04-22
Author/s : Julian L. Bayliss, T. Colin E. Congdon, Ian D. Richardson and Steve C. Collins
Title :

Revision of the A. delicata group of Afriodinia d’Abrera, 2009 (Papilionoidea: Riodinidae) with the description of a new species from Mount Lico, Northern Mozambique, and the reinstatement of a species


Abstract :

This paper describes a new species of Afriodinia from Mount Lico in northern Mozambique, and revises the Afriodinia delicata (Lathy, 1901) group, reinstating Afriodinia zanzibarica (Collins, 1990) as a result.  The new species from Mount Lico is a member of the ‘white-banded’ group of Afriodinia, which are generally found in sub-montane forest and forest edge. This is also the first record of this genus from Mozambique.  Afriodinia delicata has previously been recorded from Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi, approximately 200 km away from Mount Lico, however no specimens of this genus have been recorded from the mountains in-between despite numerous butterfly surveys over the last 15 years. A morphological analysis and dissection of the genitalia highlight significant differences between A. delicata, A. zanzibarica, and Afriodinia lico sp. nov. – the primary character that clearly distinguishes Afriodinia lico sp. nov. from all other species is the unique form of the aedeagus. Evidence suggests that A. lico sp. nov diverged relatively recently, very approximately between 14k to 135k years ago. The new species from Mount Lico was collected on the forest edge at 1000m over the course of a two-week scientific expedition in May 2018 to survey this mountain in northern Mozambique.


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Search Results Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 33 (2022), Articles: 21 - 33
Publication Date : 2022-04-20
Author/s : Wolfram Mey
Title :

Unexpected diversity: ten new species of Homadaula Lower, 1899 from Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (Galacticoidea: Galacticidae)


Abstract :

The study of African material of the genus Homadaula obtained from collections of European lepidopterists and museum collections yielded the discovery of 10 unknown species, which are described herein as: Homadaula aarviki sp. nov., Homadaula agassizi sp. nov., Homadaula arabica sp. nov., Homadaula deprinsorum sp. nov., Homadaula gabonensis sp. nov., Homadaula larseni sp. nov., Homadaula malawiensis sp. nov., Homadaula peregovitsi sp. nov., Homadaula saharaensis sp. nov. and Homadaula taraktica sp. nov. Two species was left undescribed because only female individuals were available. The male and the female genitalia are illustrated and images of the moths are provided. New records of six previously described species are presented.


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