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Amblyscirtes celia Skinner, 1895
(Celia’s Roadside-Skipper)

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(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Amblyscirtes Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 75. Type-species: Hesperia vialis W. H. Edwards, 1862, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 14(1/2): 58, no. 8, by original designation. Evans (1955), Cat. Am. Hesp. Brit. Mus. (4): 386-393, and H. Freeman (1973), J. Lepid. Soc. 27(1): 40-57, arranged this genus into groups. Burns (1990), J. Lepid. Soc. 44(1): 11-27, rearranged some of these groups and commented on the phylogenetic position of the genus.

=    Stomyles Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 76. Type-species: Pyrgus textor Hübner, [1831], Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: pl. [89], figs. 515, 516; 28, no. 258 (= Hesperia aesculapius Fabricius, 1793, Entomol. Syst. 3(1): 347-348, no. 321; synonym), by original designation.

=    Mastor Godman, 1900

In: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(160): 567. Type-species: Mastor anubis Godman, 1900, in: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(160): 568; 3: pl. 100, figs. 32 ♂ D, 33 ♂ V, 34 ♂ FW venation, 35 ♂ genitalia, by original designation.

=    Epiphyes Dyar, 1905

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 13(3): 132. Type-species: Pamphila carolina Skinner, 1892, Entomol. News 3(9): 222-223, by original designation.


tolteca group Burns, 1990

J. Lepid. Soc. 44(1): 15, 18.


Amblyscirtes celia Skinner, 1895

Entomol. News 6(4): 113-114.

Original Combination: Amblyscirtes celia

Type Locality: “Blanco, Comal and Nueces Counties, Texas”

Types: Syntype (#7095, labeled as “holotype”, from “New Braunfels, Tex.”) in ANSP; a “paratype” figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 51, fig. 30 ♂ D.


Original description from:

Skinner, Henry. 
1895. "Notes of Rhopalocera, with descriptions of new species". 
Entomological News 6(4): 112-114. {Apr, [29 Mar] 1895}
p. 113-114

    Amblyscirtes celia n. sp. ♂ — Expands one and one-eighth inches. 
Upperside: dark smoky-brown, almost black; fringes alternating black 
and cinereous. Superiors have the usual three small spots on outer third 
of wing extending in a row from costa ; there is a row of small yellowish 
white spots running across the centre of the wing in a line with the apex and 
middle of the interior margin ; they vary in number in different specimens 
from none to four or five. Inferiors immaculate. Underside: superiors 
practically as above. Inferiors very finely mottled with light gray scales 
and showing in centre of the wings a number of small, indistinct whitish 
spots. The sexes are alike, except in the usual difference in size and the 
female having less of the central spots on superiors above. This species is 
dark as in vialis, nysa, samoset and textor, and in markings nearest to 
ænus, but is entirely different in color. 

     Described from specimens from Blanco, Comal and Nueces 
Counties, Texas. 

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