Costa Rica - Interesting discoveries

Woody Woods woody.woods at
Fri Jul 12 22:47:54 EDT 2002

Phil DeVries' most recent publication (in The American Naturalist, this
month's issue) says he is still at the Center for Biodiversity Studies,
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 (though I imagine he's
actually in Central America just as much as he can be!).


William A. Woods Jr.
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From: "Nigel Venters" <nigelventers at>
Reply-To: nigelventers at
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 20:30:17 +0100
To: <leps-l at>
Subject: Costa Rica - Interesting discoveries

I'm just back from my second 4 week trip to Costa Rica this year. The first
trip was Mid Feb to mid March...and it was drying out a little...although it
still rained most days....this time it was much wetter...the area I visit is
Atlantic Lowland rain forest...although a long way inland....and as usual
there were a number of surprises for me.
Does anyone know how I could contact Phillip DeVries to pass him the species
list and location? I guess a number of new discoveries have occured since he
wrote "The Butterflies of Costa Rica" but to name a few species I found
there... and photographed are Prepona dexamenus, Panacea procilla lysimache
and Agrias aedon rodriguezi.
According to DeVries, Prepona dexamenus has never been caught in Costa
Rica....the Agrias aedon rodriguezi is meant to be very rare..I found it not
uncommon...but was in a totally different locallity to his records...
Panacea procilla lysimache is considered very rare in all of Central America
with only 4 specimens ever been taken...none before in Costa Rica...I found
it quite common and was surprised to see the female was sexually
dimorphic....the female has a white forewing band and is not nearly so
colorful! I took some good close up images of both sexes...I have never seen
sexual dimorphism mentioned in any reference to Panacea procilla
lysimache...anyone else know? If anyone is interested in the full species
list email me direct and I'll send you a pictures if you would
like to see them.

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