Arctic Skipper

Kondla, Norbert FOR:EX Norbert.Kondla at
Mon Jun 4 12:49:20 EDT 2001

Carterocephalus palaemon. Recently I looked at the illustration of nominate
palaemon in Butterflies of Russia volume one and noticed that it is a
strikingly different looking butterfly than what we have been calling
palaemon in North America and also seemingly what Europeans have been
calling palaemon. Two questions: Can anyone cite any literature that
demonstrates clining of real palaemon into the European 'palaemon'; can
anyone cite any literature that explains why we should call any of our North
American taxa palaemon ??? I suspect this is another case of a past worker
lumping on the basis of superficial similarity but then again there may be
some substantive reasons for why North American butterflies started wearing
this name. Thanks.

Norbert Kondla  P.Biol., RPBio.
Forest Ecosystem Specialist, Ministry of Environment
845 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 1H3
Phone 250-365-8610
Mailto:Norbert.Kondla at


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