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Pyrisitia messalina (Fabricius, 1785)
(Whitish Yellow)

Type Specimens
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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Bahamas, Cuba, I. de Juventod, Jamaica, Caymans, [S FL?]


(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 messalina (Fabricius, 1787)

Mantissa Ins. 2: 22, no. 236.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. D[anaus]. C[andidus]. Messalina

Type Locality: “India”; defined as “Cuba” by Klots (1929), Entomol. Am. (n.s.) 9(3): 131.

Types: Type(s) apparently lost.

Kimball (1965), Arthrop. Florida, vol. 1, Lepid. Florida: 35-36, and Calhoun (1997), Holarct. Lepid. 4(2): 44, noted that the occurrence of this species in Florida is questionable.

            =    gnathene (Boisduval, 1836)

Spec. gén. Lépid. 1: 680, no. 46.

Original Combination: Terias Gnathene

Type Locality: “Yucatan, Mexique” apparently in error.

Types: Syntype(s) in Roger collection, probably lost.

            =    bulaea (Boisduval, 1836)

Spec. gén. Lépid. 1: 680-681, no. 47.

Original Combination: Terias Bulaea

Type Locality: “Sénégal” in error; suggested to be “American” by Poey [1853], Mem. Hist. Nat. Cuba 1: 153-154, and Klots (1929), Entomol. Am. (n.s.) 9: 131, who placed this name in synonymy.

Types: Syntype in BMNH.

            =    iradia (Poey, [1852])

Mem. Hist. Nat. Cuba 1: pl. 18, figs. 14 ♂ V, 15 ♂ D, 16 ♀ D, 17 ♀ V [Oct 1852]; 253 [May 1853].

Original Combination: Terias Iradia

Type Locality: “Cienfuegos...Zapata, y Sabana de Guamacaro” [Cuba]

Types: Syntype (#7803) in ANSP.

            =    blakei (Maynard, 1891)

Man. N. Am. Butts.: 216, appendix, no. 93*.

Original Combination: Terias Blakei

Type Locality: “on all of the Bahamas which I visited...Sandford, Florida” [Seminole County]

Types: Syntype (#16606) in MCZ.



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