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Lycaena epixanthe phaedrus (G. Hall, 1924)
(Bog Copper)

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

Genus Lycaena [Fabricius], 1807

In: Illiger Mag. f. Insektenk. 6: 285, no. 32. Type-species: Papilio phlaeas Linnaeus, 1761, Fauna Svecica (ed. 2): 285, no. 1078, by designation of J. Curtis (1824), Brit. Entomol. 1(3): pl. 12, [1]. American species in this genus were reviewed by Pratt and D. Wright (2003), Pan-Pac. Entomol. 78(4): 219-229.


Lycaena epixanthe (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1835])

Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (13): pl. 38, figs. 4 ♀ D, 5 ♂ V; (15): 127.

Original Combination: P[olyommatus] Epixanthe

Type Locality: “aux environs de New-Harmony- Indiana”; suggested to be “somewhere in New Jersey or the environs of Philadelphia” by Rawson (1948), J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 56(1): 58.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by Rawson (1948), ibid.


Lycaena epixanthe phaedrus (G. Hall, 1924)

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 32(2): 111.

Original Combination: Heodes epixanthe phaedrus

Type Locality: “Dublin Shore, Lunenburg Co., N. S.” [Nova Scotia]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

Genus-species gender conformation is phaedra.

                   =    amicetus (W. Holland, 1931)

Butt. Book (rev. ed.): 250, no. 15, pl. 28, fig. 28 ♂ D (lectotype), pl. 64, figs. 41 ♂ D, 42 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Chrysophanus amicetus

Type Locality: “Newfoundland”; defined as “the Avalon Peninsula, S. E. Newfoundland, in the general vicinity of St. John” by F. Brown (1968), J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 76(1): 25. [Newfoundland and Labrador]

Types: Lectotype in CMNH, designated by Clench (1968), in: F. Brown, J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 76(1): 25.

This name was listed (as Polyommatus amicetus) without a description or indication by E. Doubleday (1847), List Spec. Lepid. Brit. Mus. 2: 55, Scudder (1876), Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 3: 128, and Scudder (1889), Butts. E. U. S. & Can. 2(7): 985 (as a manuscript name credited to Boisduval); these are nomina nuda.



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