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Poanes massasoit chermocki W. Anderson & Simmons, 1976
(Mulberry Wing)

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

Genus Poanes Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 76. Type-species: Hesperia massasoit Scudder, 1863, Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 171, no. 65, by original designation. Burns (1992), J. Lepid. Soc. 46(1): 1-23, discussed the probability that this genus is polyphyletic, and created species groups. The first group includes hobomok, zabulon and taxiles, while the second group includes massasoit, viator, aaroni and yehl (massasoit may belong in its own group). Burns also transferred melane to Poanes from Paratrytone, and noted that at least some Poanes species may belong in Ochlodes.

=    Phycanassa Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 77. Type-species: Hesperia viator W. H. Edwards, 1865, Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 4(1): 202-203, pl. 1, fig. 5, by original designation.

      =    ‡Paratrytone Dyar, 1905

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 13(3): 136. Type-species: Pamphila howardi Skinner, 1896, Can. Entomol. 28(7): 187 (= Pamphila aaroni Skinner, 1890, Entomol. News 1(1): 6; subspecies), by original designation. Preoccupied by Paratrytone Godman, 1900, in: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(157): 487.


Poanes massasoit (Scudder, 1863)

Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 171, no. 65.

Original Combination: Hesperia Massasoit

Type Locality: “Carver, Mass.” [Plymouth County]

Types: Syntype (#15305) in MCZ.

=    suffusa (Laurent, [1891])

Entomol. News 3(1): 15-16.

Original Combination: Pamphila massasoit var. suffusa

Type Locality: “around low meadow- or swamp-lands” [Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania]

Types: Syntype (#7172) in ANSP.

=    hughi A. Clark, 1931

Ann. Carnegie Mus. 21(1): 7-9, fig. 1 ♂ D&V (holotype), ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Poanes massasoit hughi

Type Locality: “Beltsville, Maryland; bog between the railway station and the experiment farm of the Bureau of Animal Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture” [Prince Georges County]

Types: Holotype in USNM; figured by A. Clark and L. Clark (1951), Smithsonian Misc. Coll. 116(7): frtspc. fig. 11 ♂ V, pl. 26, fig. c ♂ D.


Poanes massasoit chermocki W. Anderson & Simmons, 1976

J. Lepid. Soc. 30(1): 19-20, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V (holotype); 3 ♀ D, 4 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Poanes massasoit chermocki

Type Locality: “New Bridge, Dorchester County, Maryland”

Types: Holotype in USNM.



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