V. virginiensis aberration ?

Ron Gatrelle gatrelle at tils-ttr.org
Wed Mar 13 12:07:57 EST 2002

In Comstock (Bflies of Calif.) on plate 42 there are two aberrations. One a
virginiensis that may be like yours - ab. ahwashtee.  There is one of
cardui called ab.elymi.  Back in 1967 I collected a V. cardui ab. elymi in
San Diego.   My  prizes are two aberrant Colias.  They were colleted just a
month apart.  One is a fresh male of Colias philodice I found near my folks
home in Defiance, Shelby Co. Iowa on July 17, 1966 .  The other a fresh
almost all black male of C. eurytheme in a cow pasture at my Grandparents
farm June 12, 1966 Harden Co, Iowa.
Ron Gatrelle

----- Original Message -----
From: <RWankel at aol.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:15 AM
Subject: V. virginiensis aberration ?

> In June 1936 (at the tender age of 15)when I was collecting for the
> Nebr. museum of natural history, I took a very unusual specimen of
> virginiensis (Holland, our only "bible" in those days called it Pyrameis
> huntera!). The underside, as I recall looked very much like virginiensis,
> the upper side coloration was all fused together,
> I think I sent it off to a Mr. Cross at the Denver Museum Of Natural
> 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.
> Ron Wankel
> rwankel at aol.com


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