Undet. Papilionid from Rio Grande Valley, TX

Doug Yanega dyanega at mono.icb.ufmg.br
Wed Nov 4 08:32:30 EST 1998

Alexei Belik wrote:

>Returning to the subject, after all, Mike Quinn's  insect is
>definitely Urania fulgens, not U. leilus as it was suggested
>by some List's contributors previously. U. leilus has the
>distinct coloration on the hw. ups. Where is Dr. Douglas Yanega
>- he could support this, I believe, as the specialist in
>South American leps.

Charitable of you to say so, but if I am a "specialist" in anything, it's
Western Hemisphere bees. All I can do in the present case is confirm
everyone else's observations that the species in Mike's image is fulgens,
based on the literature I have handy. I've actually never seen a live
Uraniid, and have no specimens.


Doug Yanega    Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
Univ. Fed. de Minas Gerais, Cx.P. 486, 30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG   BRAZIL
phone: 31-499-2579, fax: 31-499-2567  (from U.S., prefix 011-55)
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