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Megathymus yuccae navajo Skinner, 1911
(Yucca Giant-Skipper)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

[= arizonae], W CO, S UT, W NM, AZ, N Sonora

Synonymy

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

Genus Megathymus Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 83. Type-species: Eudamus (?) yuccae Boisduval & Le Conte, [1837], Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (23-26): pl. 70, figs. [1]-[5] ♂ [not ♀], larva and pupa, by original designation. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 483 placed this name on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 1222.

 

Megathymus yuccae (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1837])

Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (24): pl. 70, [1] ♂ D, [2] ♂ V, [4] larva, [5] pupa [not ♀].

Original Combination: Eudamus (?) Yuccae

Type Locality: Not stated (there is no text), but “Georgia” implied from the notes for the original drawing by John Abbot; defined as “South Carolina to the southern tip of Florida” by H. Freeman (1943), Entomol. News 54(9): 211; redefined as “Scriven [sic!; Screven] County, Georgia” by H. Freeman (1952), Field & Lab. 20(1): 30; neotype from “Aiken County, South Carolina.”

Types: Types are the specimens figured by John Abbot, and are probably lost. Neotype in AMNH, designated by H. Freeman (1952), Field & Lab. 20(1): 30.

I.C.Z.N. Opinion 483 placed this name on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology as name no. 1387.

=    alabamae H. Freeman, 1943

Entomol. News 54(3): 76-77.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae alabamae

Type Locality: “Anniston, Alabama” [Calhoun County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

=    buchholzi H. Freeman, 1952

Field & Lab. 20(1): 31-33.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae buchholzi

Type Locality: “Jupiter, Florida” [Palm Beach County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

 

Megathymus yuccae navajo Skinner, 1911

Entomol. News 22(7): 300.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae var. navajo

Type Locality: “Fort Wingate, New Mexico”; defined as “Fort Wingate, Zuni Mountains, McKinley Co., New Mexico” by H. Freeman (1969), J. Lepid. Soc. 23(suppl. 1): 14; holotype labeled “Mountain back of post; Fort Wingate, N. M.”

Types: Syntype (#7052) in ANSP; figured by Skinner (1911), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 37(3): pl. 10.

                   =    arizonae Tinkham, 1954

Bull. South. Calif. Acad. Sci. 53(2): 81-83, pl. 18, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♀ D, pl. 19, figs. 3 ♂ D, 7 ♂ V (holotype); 4 ♀ D, 8 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae arizonae

Type Locality: “Mountain View, Pima County, Arizona”

Types: Holotype in LACM.

                   =    browni D. Stallings & Turner, 1960

Entomol. News 71(5): 112, 114-115, pl. 2, top ♂ D&V (holotype), middle ♀ D&V, bottom ♂&♀ genitalia.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae browni

Type Locality: “near Salina, Utah” [Sevier County]

Types: Holotype in PMNH.

                   =    albasuffusa R. Wielgus & D. Wielgus, 1974

Bull. Allyn Mus. (17): 1-3, figs. 4 ♀ D, 5 ♀ V (holotype); 6 ♀ D, 7 ♀ V, 8 ♂ D, 9 ♂ V, 10 ♂ D, 11 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Megathymus coloradensis albasuffusa

Type Locality: “Wahweap Campground, Glen Canyon National recreation Area, 5 miles northwest of Glen Canyon Dam, 3700' elevation, Coconino County, Arizona”

Types: Holotype in MGCL.

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