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Plebejus podarce cilla (Behr, 1867)
(Sierra Blue)

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Larval Foodplants: Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte

Synonymy

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

Genus Plebejus Kluk, 1780

Zwierz. Hist. Nat. Pocz. Gospod. 4: 89-92, no. 148. Type-species: Papilio argus Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 1: 483, no. 152, by designation of Hemming (1933), Entomol. 66(845): 224. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 278 placed Plebejus on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 705. This name has been spelled various ways; the spelling given in the Official List is the proper spelling by rule (Code Article 79.4.1). Bálint et al. (2001), Folia Entomol. Hung. 62: 177-184, discussed this issue.

 

Plebejus podarce (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865)

This taxon was elevated to the species-level by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 29.

Reise Novara (2): 282-283, no. 359, pl. 35, 22 ♂ D, 23 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Lycaena Podarce

Type Locality: “California”; defined as “Summit Valley, at S. end of Lake Van Norden, Donner Pass, Placer County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 90.

Types: Lectotype in BMNH, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 90, figs. 31 ♂ D, 32 ♂ V.

=    tehama (Reakirt, 1866)

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 18(3): 246, no. 20.

Original Combination: Lycaena tehama

Type Locality: “California”

Types: Syntypes in FMNH and (#16011) MCZ; figured by Strecker (1874), Lepid. Rhop. Het. (10): pl. 10, fig. 16 ♂ D&V.

=    nestos (Boisduval, 1869)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 12: 50, no. 32; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 239, figs. 2074 ♂ D&V, 2075 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Lycaena Nestos

Type Locality: “les montagnes voisins de l’Oregon” in error; defined as “Summit Valley, at S. end of Lake Van Norden, Donner Pass, Placer County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 29.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 30, figs. 216 ♂ D, 217 ♂ V.

 

Plebejus podarce cilla (Behr, 1867)

Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. [1]3(18): 281, no. 12.

Original Combination: L[ycaena]. Cilla

Type Locality: “California” implied from the title of the paper, “an elevation of 11,000 feet and over, on the snowy heights surrounding the headwaters of the Tuolumne River” from the description; neotype from “meadow E. of Tioga Pass, Mono County, California.”

Types: Type(s) destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire; neotype in CAS, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (6): 103, figs. 64 ♂ D, 65 ♂ V.

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