Holarctic butterflies

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu
Wed Sep 3 23:58:48 EDT 1997

	D'Abrera's books are usually based on the British Museum
collection. Based on what I saw a few years ago when I was looking at the
_Erebia_ at the BM, the collection is not particularly complete for the
NE part of Russia. I have not seen his palaearctic book, so don't know if
he used other sources--but there really is not much in the way of col-
lections for that part of the world.
	There is a hard-to-find book: The Butterflies of the Far East USSR,
by A. I. Kurentzov (1970). This was reprinted (expensively) by Antiquariaat
Junk a while ago--I don't know if it's still available.
	There _is_ a current catalogue of the butterflies of the former
USSR by Tuzov (The Synonymic List of Butterflies from the ex-USSR, 1993)
and an older one by Korshunov. The new Russian lep journal Actias
has some articles on the butterflies of various parts of Asia, including
the far NE.

	There is a forthcoming book on the butterflies of Russia--see
publisher's blurb appended below.

	The palaearctic volumes of Seitz, and the supplement, also contain
information on northern Asian butterflies, but these are not 'easily
available sources'.

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu

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