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Lycaena hermes (W. H. Edwards, 1870)
(Hermes 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 hermes (W. H. Edwards, 1870)

Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 3(1): 10, 21, no. 16.

Original Combination: Chrysophanus Hermes

Type Locality: “California”; defined as “vicinity of San Diego, San Diego Co., California” by F. Brown (1969), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 95(1): 165; neotype from “S. Diego.”

Types: Neotype in CMNH, designated by F. Brown (1969), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 95(1): 166, fig. 2 ♂ D&V; figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 64, fig. 50 ♂ D.

            =    delsud (W. G. Wright, 1905) (emended)

Butts. W. Coast: 62, no. 347; 215, no. 347, pl. 28, figs. 347, 347b ♂ D&V (holotype).

Original Combination: [Chrysophanus] Del Sud; Chrysophanus Del-Sud n. s.

Type Locality: “San Diego County, California” “San Diego, Cal.”

Types: Holotype (#4317) in CAS.



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