V. virginiensis aberration ?

RWankel at aol.com RWankel at aol.com
Wed Mar 13 11:15:15 EST 2002

In June 1936 (at the tender age of 15)when I was collecting for the Hastings, 
Nebr. museum of natural history, I took a very unusual specimen of Vanessa 
virginiensis (Holland, our only "bible" in those days called it Pyrameis 
huntera!). The underside, as I recall looked very much like virginiensis, but 
the upper side coloration was all fused together,
I think I sent it off to a Mr. Cross at the Denver Museum Of Natural History 
in exchange for some meteorites our museum wanted. He told me. if my memory 
is correct- that my specimen was an aberrant form of virginiensis and gave me 
the latin name which I cant recall
I ceased collecting in 1939 when I went off to the Uni. of Nebr., then to 
WW-II for 4 years, then back to U. of N. where I received  a Ph D in 
Chemistry in 1949. I ve been an observer and photographer ever since,
Does anyone in Leps-list have any info about this form of .V. virginiensis?

Ron Wankel
rwankel at aol.com


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