Observations for June 5th 1999 and Celastrina ladon lucia

La station scientifique Aster asterbsl at globetrotter.net
Sun Jun 6 17:21:49 EDT 1999

There are my observations for yesterday, June 5th 1999 in St-Fabien, PQ,

Temp. : 23°C, Some cirrus and cumulus
Time : 13h10 - 14h55
Habitat : fields and mixt woods

Carterocephalus palaemon mandan : 11
Poanes hobomok : 2, first of the season
Celastrina ladon lucia f. lucia : 1 female*
Celastrina ladon lucia (?) : 1 , too old to be identified*
Glaucopsyche lygdamus couperi : 13 males, 5 females, 6 unabled to catch
Everes amyntula albrighti : 1 male, first of the season
Papilio polyxenes asterius : 2 males, 1 female, 1 unabled to catch
Papilio canadensis : 2 females, 8 unable to catch (!!!)
Clossiana selene atrocostalis : 3
Colias philodice : 1 male
Artogeia rapae : 1
Artogeia napi oleracea winter form : 2

1 Ctenucha virginica larva in pre-chrysalidation in its cocoon

*  I would like to have more informations about the status of that
species.  Is there only one specie present in 4 different forms ?  In my
region (St-Fabien) that butterfly only breed one time a year, so it
"produce" only three forms ( marginata, lucia and violacea).  However,
south of (about) the 46°N, they breed twice to produce the neglecta
form.  It happened one time that I caught a neglecta specimen in my
village (48°N or so).  It was in 1995, August 17th I think.  That year,
the summer was particulary hot.  Maybe it helped the Spring azur to
produce a summer form.  Probably it will be the same thing this year, in
1999 because the developpement of this butterfly was accelarate by the
good weather.  Anyway, at some places, in Basse-côte-nord, PQ, for
example, there is only one form that can appear, the lucia one.  Is it a
subspecie for that reason ??  Is it the same for my region who produce
only one breed of that specie?  I would like to have good and accurate
answers please.

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