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Porphyrogenes unassociated unnamed female #4

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Panama, known from only several specimens


Differs from P. peterwegei in having two white macules on the forewing. White macule in the forewing cell M3-CuA1 is larger than in unassociated females #3 and #5 and more or less bar-shaped. Larger  than unassociated females #4 and #5 and differs in minutiae of lamella postvaginalis shape.



This is an "unassociated unnamed female #4" described by Austin and Mielke 2008, Insecta Mundi 0044: 34, figs. 49 ♀ D, 50 ♀ V; 109 ♀ D, 110 ♀ 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. 34, f. 49, 50, 109, 110, 162

Porphyrogenes unassociated unnamed female #4

(Fig. 49, 50, 109, 110, 162)

Description. Female (Fig. 49, 50, 109, 110) - forewing length = 28.6 mm (n = 1; from Panama);  
forewing apex slightly produced, pointed, termen convex especially apically, anal margin slightly con-  
cave; hindwing termen convex except concave just before short tornal lobe, vein Rs arising nearer to end  
of discal cell than to its base and well distad of CuA2; dorsum dark brown with violet sheen; forewing  
overscaled with olive-brown basad, white translucent macules, one small and more or less bar-shaped in  
M3-CuA1 just distad of origin of M3, other very large and parallelogram-shaped in CuA1-CuA2, centered  
under origin of CuA1; hindwing overscaled with olive-brown posterior to vein Rs, vague indication of  
brown discal macules anteriorly; conspicuous erect olive-brown tuft on dorsum of vein 2A; fringes on both  
wings pale brown.

Venter dark brown; forewing overscaled with gray basad, forewing vein 2A slightly curved, entire  
anal cell with modified pale tan scales; hindwing overscaled with gray, vague indication of darker discal  
macules; cell 2A-3A with groove just caudad of vein 2A.

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

Genitalia (Fig. 162) - lamella postvaginalis sclerotized caudad, caudal edge curved with narrow and  
shallow U-shaped indentation centrally; lamella antevaginalis as rectangular sclerotized plate and mem-  
branous plates laterad; ductus bursae elongate, narrow and membranous with elongate sclerotized plate  
cephalad; corpus bursae as elongate sac.

Distribution and phenology. One individual was examined: PANAMA: Panama Prov.; Distrito  
de El Llano, Cordillera de San Blas, N of El Llano, 330m, 29 May 1978 (GTA #8906, housed at USNM).

Diagnosis and discussion. This species is similar to the previous, but is larger and with a larger  
macule in M3-CuA1. The genitalia also are of similar morphology, but differ in their details, especially in  
the form of the lamella postvaginalis. This may well be of the same species that Möschler (1877) considered  
the female of P. probus (see under that species above and Fig. 49, 50) and appears to be the phenotype  
illustrated by Draudt (1922) as the female of P. probus.

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.


Draudt, Max Wilhelm Karl 1921-24. B. Grypocera, breitköpfige Tagfalter. In: Seitz, A. (Ed)., Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde. Stuttgart, Alfred Kernen. 5:953-992 (9 July 1923), pls. 160-191. p. 864-865, pl. 168 row e (as ♀ probus)

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. 34, f. 49, 50, 109, 110, 162

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