February ABF Zoom: Lepidoptera of NW Louisiana - Monday, Feb. 26th @ 7:00pm Central Time
Mike Quinn via listserv.uh.edu
Feb 25, 2024, 7:17 PM (13 hours ago)
The Austin Butterfly Forum speaker this month will be Entomologist Royal Tyler, who will speak to us on Lepidoptera of Northwest Louisiana.
February Zoom Meeting
Monday, 26th, at 7 pm central time (Dallas/Chicago)
Lepidoptera of NW Louisiana and How I Document Them, presented by Entomologist Royal Tyler, of NW Louisiana
Royal Tyler will initially cover how he got started documenting nature, and Leps in particular. What his light setups are, what type of cameras he has used, daytime versus nighttime photography, and then go through some of his research papers and findings (primarily on micromoths). Royal will then focus on the butterflies of Louisiana and how he plans to find more species in 2024 and photograph them, and how he plans to find the rare ones.
Royal is a life-long well rounded naturalist who primarily worked in natural resource management in his early years before starting his own business 6 years ago to sell lawn care and pest control products. This has freed Royal up to pursue his passion for nature a little deeper, especially for conducting research and writing papers. He has primarily published on lepidoptera and bee fauna of NW Louisiana. Royal enjoys photographing and studying the microfauna that we know less about, and which present a challenge to get "just right shot" for identification.
Royal has published the only detailed study of native bees in NW Louisiana where he found several unidentified species that may be new to science, and he has expanded the known range of several species of bees. Royal has documented and published host plant information and life cycle data on several lesser known species of micromoths. Many of his papers can be seen here: https://independent.academia.edu/RoyalTyler/Papers
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I got a specimen of Papilio nephelus from a dealer and he told me it was from Java. I' ve never seen the subspecies from Java (might be nominate?), but this one seems similar as ssp. sunatus from Malay Peninsula. So I think it might be mis-marking. I tried to sign the subspecies of P. nephelus and P. chaon on the map according to some data but I donot know whether it is correct, and may I get some advice and corrections？Thanks.
According to the Kaufman field guide, P anchisiades is "found mainly in extreme southern Texas, where it is apparently scarce or irregular, flying at various times from spring to late fall." Eggs & larvae have been found on the US side of the border, so it may be a part-time (not every year) resident.
58chevy wrote: ↑Sat Feb 24, 2024 5:09 am
Occasionally some non-resident species will stray into the USA from Mexico and the Caribbean.
Here are a few nice ones, top to bottom:
Many thanks. While on the subject of stray Papilionidae: is it known whether Papilio anchisiades actually has an established population in South TX, or is it more likely that any adults seen on the US side of its range are all strays from Mexico? -
58chevy wrote: ↑Sat Feb 24, 2024 5:09 amPapilio astyalus
This was separated as Papilio pallas by Lewis et al. (2014, Role of Caribbean Islands in diversification & biogeography of Neotropical Heraclides swallowtails. DOI: 10.1111/cla.12092). P. astyalus occurs in South not Central America.