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by mcheki
Sun Nov 06, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Papilio saharae.
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: Papilio saharae.

Thank you Adam for your comments and information on sphyrus. I am not aware that Papilio saharae is found on the island of Lesvos, just off the coast of Turkey. So presumably this pair from Lesvos is Papilio machaon. Would I be right in labelling them as subspecies syriacus? Syriacus, I believe is f...
by mcheki
Sat Nov 05, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Papilio saharae.
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: Papilio saharae.

Thank you for your comments. Have I got these specimens correctly identified? The data labels say where they came from. The top specimen I have labelled as a male Papilio saharae saharae. The bottom two as Papilio machaon mauretanica (= sphyrus), with a male on the left and a female on the right. DS...
by mcheki
Thu Nov 03, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Papilio saharae.
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Papilio saharae.

Here is a picture of a species of Papilio that I feel very lucky to have obtained. Sent to me some time ago, a pair of Papilio saharae rathjensi Warnecke, 1922. Collected in Yemen.
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by mcheki
Wed Sep 28, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

Without detracting from the genus Pseudacraea I thought it may be of interest to show a drawer of a very similar genus. This genus is Mimacraea in the family Lycaenidae. It shows that many species of Mimacraea are quite similar to the Pseudacraea and they follow a similar range of mimicry. They are,...
by mcheki
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Genus: Epitola
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: Genus: Epitola

Just to give an idea of the diversity within Lycaenid species here are a couple of more specific drawers.
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by mcheki
Sun Sep 25, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Genus: Colias
Replies: 30
Views: 760

Re: Genus: Colias

Just to expand on the subject of Colias I can add that this genus also occurs throughout Africa. This drawer shows specimens of several species from Cameroon across to Yemen and then all the way to South Africa. Some of the species are very localised and nowhere is it generalised. Again, sorry for t...
by mcheki
Sun Sep 25, 2022 10:01 am
Forum: Lepidoptera
Topic: Genus: Epitola
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: Genus: Epitola

I have to disagree with the above since I have had little problem obtaining Lycaenidae from local African collectors and from colleagues interested generally in butterflies. The range of species within Africa is tremendous and very varied. Below are two boxes of, at the moment, unsorted species. The...
by mcheki
Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

In response to the above post by Cabintom here is Pseudacraea imerina imerina (Hewitson, 1865), from La Mandraka, Madagascar. These two are males. Also, there are two male P acholica in the box of mixed, unsorted Pseudacraea that I posted earlier in this thread. The two slightly isolated specimens i...
by mcheki
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

Thank you Cabintom. You have confirmed my thoughts that Hecq’s work was not valid.
by mcheki
Sun Sep 18, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

Pseudacraea lucretia gamae Joicey & Talbot, 1927. Two males from Principe Island. This island is off the coast of western Africa. I have seen this listed as a species (Pseudacraea gamae), rather than a subspecies. This is in “Butterflies of the World” Part 16. Nymphalidae VII, Pseudacraea. By Ja...
by mcheki
Sat Sep 17, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

This Pseudacraea is not living up to its name since it is mimicking a Danaidae species -- Danaus chrysippus. These specimens were collected by a friend in the area around Mufulira which is in the copperbelt area of Zambia. The two on the left are males and the two right side ones are females. The sp...
by mcheki
Tue Sep 06, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

Thank you daveuk. You asked if they were self-collected. No, they have been sent to me by collector colleagues and by other local collectors. They originate from several different African countries. When the genus is taxonomically placed in the drawers the locality information will be clarified.
by mcheki
Sun Sep 04, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pseudacraea
Replies: 37
Views: 1078

Re: Pseudacraea

You have opened up a minefield with this genus!
The genus certainly lives up to its name. This box contains specimens recently off the setting boards before starting to be sorted and identified. This genus is very complex.
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by mcheki
Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Eronia cleodora
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Eronia cleodora

I hope this drawer helps to clarify the point mentioned by Cabintom
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by mcheki
Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Colotis
Replies: 45
Views: 737

Re: Colotis

Thank you Trehopr1 and daveuk for your kind and encouraging remarks.
The whole of the Colotis collection occupies 12 drawers, the above being a selected three.
by mcheki
Fri Sep 02, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Colotis
Replies: 45
Views: 737

Re: Colotis

I find that when studying forms and colour variations within the same species and also between similar species it is much easier if they are seen side by side, rather than just as individual specimens. For example, have I got the specimens in these drawers in their correct places? DSC00443.JPG DSC00...
by mcheki
Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Belenois
Replies: 27
Views: 512

Re: Belenois

The island of Socotra, situated off the coast of Yemen, contains many endemic species and subspecies. Most of these hard to obtain and relatively unknown. I was fortunate to have this pair of Belenois anomala offered to me by the person who collected them.
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by mcheki
Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pieris brassicae
Replies: 16
Views: 344

Re: Pieris brassicae

In Ethiopia there is a related species Pieris brassicoides. This is a male and female of this species, There is also an isolated subspecies in North Tanzania.
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by mcheki
Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Pieris brassicae
Replies: 16
Views: 344

Re: Pieris brassicae

A few years ago P brassicae became introduced into South Africa. It has now become established as a breeding species around Cape Town and along the southern coast areas. This photo shows a selection of specimens collected in southern Africa, two males on the left and females on the right. The top le...
by mcheki
Sun Aug 28, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Show Your Favorite Specimen
Topic: Cymothoe
Replies: 62
Views: 1185

Re: Cymothoe

Cymothoe can also be found on Madagascar. Here is a picture of a Cymothoe lambertoni male. I do not, unfortunately, have a female.
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