Need help with butterfly id
MWalker at gensym.com
Wed Mar 12 12:04:33 EST 2003
Well, I think your first is in fact Thorybes bathyllus (Southern
Cloudywing). This is based on the arrangement and size of spots. I think
you got the second one right - Calaphelis mutica (Swamp Metalmark). Very
nice. The third is also correct - Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) -
though the hindwing is lacking much of the normal black scaling (kinda makes
it look like harrisii, but the underside is a giveaway). The Silvery
Checkerspot looks phenotypically distinct on both sides from those I've
collected further east. Anyone?
From: Donna A. Brunet [mailto:dbrunet at coin.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 7:22 AM
To: Leps-L Messages (E-mail)
Subject: Need help with butterfly id
I have 4 photographs from last summer that I feel a bit shaky on my id.
Possibly because I'm wrong; possibly because if I'm right the butterfly in
the photo is the first one I've ever seen (other than a specimen in the
entomology museum at the University of Missouri).
The photos are at http://www.missouri.edu/~dabf31/ConfirmId/ConfirmId.html
All photographs were taken June 7 and August 15, 2002 in Missouri.
My tentative identifications are a Confused Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis),
Swamp Metalmark (Calephelis muticum), and Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne
Thanks for any help.
Donna A. Brunet
dbrunet at coin.org
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