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Pyrisitia lisa centralis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1865)
(Little Yellow)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

SE AZ (as stray), S TX to Panama


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

Genus Pyrisitia Butler, 1870

Cist. Entomol. 1(3): 35, no. 17; 44, no. 17. Type-species: Papilio proterpia Fabricius, 1775, Syst. Entomol.: 478, no. 152, by original designation.


Pyrisitia lisa (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1830])

Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (6): 53-55 [May 1830]; (7): pl. 19, figs. 4 ♂ D, 5 ♂ V, 6 larva, 7 pupa [Jun 1830].

Original Combination: X[anthidia]. Lisa

Type Locality: “dans les différentes parties des États-Unis”

Types: Described, at least in part, from a John Abbot drawing. The specimens upon which this drawing was based are presumed lost. A “type” is in USNM, but Calhoun (2004), J. Lepid. Soc. 58(3): 156, discussed the dubious nature of such “types” from the Boisduval collection.

=    clappii (Maynard, 1891)

Man. N. Am. Butts.: 216, appendix, no. 90a.

Original Combination: Terias lisa clappii

Type Locality: “Enterprise, Florida” [Volusia County]

Types: Syntype (#16607) in MCZ.

=    ‡”alba” (Strecker, 1878)

Butts. & Moths N. Am., Comp. Syn. Cat.: 85, no. 76a.

Original Combination: [Terias Lisa] ab. a. ♀ Alba

Type Locality: Not stated.

Types: “Type(s)”, if they can be identified, may be in FMNH.

=    ‡”immaculata” (Whittaker & D. Stallings, 1944)

Entomol. News 55(4): 88.

Original Combination: Eurema lisa f. aest. immaculata

Type Locality: “Caldwell, Kansas” [Sumner County]

Types: “Holotype” in USNM.


Pyrisitia lisa centralis (Herrich-Schäffer, 1865)

Corresp-Bl. zool.-min. Ver. Regensburg 18(11/12): 168, no. 12.

Original Combination: [Terias] centralis

Type Locality: “Guatemala”

Types: Location of type(s) not known.



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