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Boloria chariclea boisduvalii (Duponchel, [1832])
(Purplish Fritillary)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

SE Canadian arctic (occurs between B. c. arctica & B. c. grandis)


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

Genus Boloria Moore, 1900

Lepid. Ind. 4(48): 243-244. Type-species: Papilio pales [Schiffermüller], 1775, Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 177, no. 8, by original designation. The genus-level synonymy adopted herein is derived from Grey (1989), J. Lepid. Soc. 43(1): 2, Aubert et al. (1996), C. R. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 3) Sci. Vie 319(7): 647-651, and Simonsen (2005), Syst. Entomol. 30(4): 653-665.


euphrosyne group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 192.


Boloria chariclea (Schneider, 1794)

Neu. Mag. f. Leibhaber Entomol. 5: 588-589.

Original Combination: Papilio Chariclea

Type Locality: “Lappland” implied from the title of paper.

Types: Location of type(s) not known, probably lost.

The arrangement of North American taxa in this group follows Pike (1981), J. Res. Lepid. 18(3): 156, and J. Shepard (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (59): 727-730. It is probable that this assemblage in North America actually consists of two species, but it is not possible to diagnose these at present.


Boloria chariclea boisduvalii (Duponchel, [1832])

In: Godart, Hist. Nat. Lepid. 1(Diurnes), Suppl. 1(6): 127-128, no. 45, pl. 20, no. 4 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Argynnis Boisduvalii

Type Locality: “les contrées les plus septentrionales de l'Europe”; suggested to be “probably Labrador” by Klots (1951), Field Guide Butts. N. Am.: 90.

Types: Type(s) may be in MNHP or BMNH.

Both Duponchel [1832] ibid., and Boisduval [1833], Icon. Hist. Lépid. Europ. 1(10): 98, pl. 20, figs. 5 ♂ D, 6 ♂ V, cited “M. Sommer” as the source of the specimens described. Sommer has been noted as a source of many butterflies from Labrador (e.g., Boisduval and Le Conte [1830], Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (8): 66-67, Staudinger (1857), Stettiner Entomol. Ztg. 18(7-9): 300-301, and Hemming (1937), Hübner 2: 123). Scudder (1868), Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 11: 33, and Aurivillius (1889), Bih. K. svenska VetenskAkad. Handl. 15(4)(1): 9-10 , fig. 1 VHW, referred to samples from Labrador as boisduvalii. Examination of the type(s), if extant, is needed; if there are no syntypes, the designation of a neotype may be required.

                         =    ‡”labradorensis” (Gunder, 1928)

Can. Entomol. 60(7): 163, pl. A, figs. 5, 5a (“holotype”).

Original Combination: Brenthis chariclea race oenone tr. f. labradorensis

Type Locality: “Labrador” [Newfoundland and Labrador]

Types: “Holotype” in USNM.

‡”oenone” (Scudder, 1875)

Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 17(3): [297]-299.

Original Combination: Arg[ynnis]. Oenone

This name was listed in the synonymy of chariclea Schneider, 1794, without a description or indication; a nomen nudum.



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