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Porphyrogenes unassociated unnamed female #3

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Panama, known from only 2 specimens


Differs from P. peterwegei in having two white macules on the forewing. White macule in the forewing cell M3-CuA1 is small and triangular. Smaller than unassociated females #4 and #5 and differs in minutiae of lamella postvaginalis shape.



This is an "unassociated unnamed female #3" described by Austin and Mielke 2008, Insecta Mundi 0044: 33, figs. 107 ♀ D, 108 ♀ V, 161 ♀ genitalia.



Description from:

Austin, George T., and Olaf Hermann Hendrik Mielke 2008. Hesperiidae of Rondônia, Brazil: Porphyrogenes Watson (Lepidoptera: Pyrginae: Eudamini), with descriptions of new species from Central and South America. Insecta Mundi 0044: 1-56, 165 figs. (26 September 2008)

p. 33-34, f. 107, 108, 161

Porphyrogenes unassociated unnamed female #3

(Fig. 107, 108, 161)

Description. Female (Fig. 107, 108) - forewing length = 24.5 mm, 25.4 mm (both from Panama);  
forewing apex produced, curved, termen convex anteriorly, concave in CuA2-2A, anal margin straight;  
hindwing termen convex except concave just before prominent tornal lobe, vein Rs arising just basad of  
end of discal cell and well distad of CuA2; dorsum brown; forewing with purple sheen along costa and in  
postmedial area distad of macules, overscaled with pale brown basad, white translucent macules, one  
small and triangular in M3-CuA1, distad of origin of M3, other large and more or less quadrate with distal  
edge convex in CuA1-CuA2 centered under origin of CuA1; hindwing overscaled with pale brown posterior  
to vein Rs, very vague indication of brown discal macules; conspicuous erect pale brown tuft on dorsum of  
vein 2A; fringes on both wings pale brown.

Venter brown; forewing overscaled with gray along costa and in discal cell and with pale gray-brown  
distad of macules and extending to margin, this color sharply defined and contrasting at apex, vein 2A  
sinuate, entire anal cell of modified pale tan scales; hindwing overscaled with gray and with vague indi-  
cation of darker discal macules; cell 2A-3A with groove just caudad of vein 2A.

Dorsal head and thorax medium gray-brown with green reflections, eyes red, palpi ochreous-gray,  
antennae black on dorsum, yellow-orange on venter, nudum red-brown, 30 (n = 1) or 31 (n = 1) segments,  
ventral thorax gray-brown with faint green reflections, pectus ochreous, legs brown proximad, ochreous-  
orangedistad, dorsal and ventral abdomen gray-brown.

Genitalia (Fig. 161) - lamella postvaginalis sclerotized, produced centrally on caudal edge where di-  
vided by shallow U-shaped indentation; lamella antevaginalis as rectangular central sclerotized plate  
with largely membranous plates laterad; ductus bursae elongate and relatively narrow with sclerotized  
plate cephalad; corpus bursae as elongate sac.

Distribution and phenology. Two individuals of this phenotype (both at USNM) were examined:  
PANAMA: Panama Canal area; Cerro Galena, ex pupa, 12 Mar. 1983 (GTA #8907); PANAMA: Canal  
Zone; Gatun, 2 May 1970 (GTA #13920).

Diagnosis and discussion. This is the first of three similar female phenotypes, all known from  
southern Central America; their males are not even a matter of conjecture at present (see discussion  
under the third species below).

p. 35

    [...]      It is the fourth female of Porphyrogenes known from southern Central America (including the  
undescribed species noted above) with gray-brown wings and at least one large white macule on the  
forewing. The three described here have a second and smaller white macule on the forewing that is absent  
on all twelve females of the unnamed species illustrated by Janzen and Hallwachs (2008). That species  
also differs by its prominently white fringes. Including these three, there are now five (also including P.  
virgatus and P. eudemus) unplaced female phenotypes of Porphyrogenes known from Central America.  
Males known from Central America without associated females include P. zohra, P. sula, P. spoda, and  
P. spina. Undoubtedly, females for at least some of these are among the pool of females detailed above.


Austin, George T., and Olaf Hermann Hendrik Mielke 2008. Hesperiidae of Rondônia, Brazil: Porphyrogenes Watson (Lepidoptera: Pyrginae: Eudamini), with descriptions of new species from Central and South America. Insecta Mundi 0044: 1-56, 165 figs. (26 September 2008). p. 33-34, f. 107, 108, 161

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