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Pyrisitia proterpia (Fabricius, 1775)
(Tailed Orange)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

SE AZ, SW NM, S TX (strays N) to Peru, most Greater Antilles


(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 proterpia (Fabricius, 1775)

Syst. Entomol.: 478, no. 152.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. D[anaus]. C[andidi]. Proterpia

Type Locality: “Iamaica”

Types: Syntypes in HMUG.

            =    gundlachia (Poey, [1853])

Mem. Hist. Nat. Cuba 1: 246, no. 4, pl. 24, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V, 3 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Terias Gundlachia

Type Locality: “isla de Cuba...Cárdenas”

Types: Syntype (#7770) in ANSP.

            =    longicauda (H. Bates, 1864)

Entomol. Mon. Mag. 1(2): 32, no. 13.

Original Combination: Terias Longicauda

Type Locality: “Guatemala, interior”

Types: Syntype in BMNH.

            =    watsonia (Klots, 1923)

Entomol. News 34(10): 301.

Original Combination: Eurema proterpia watsonia

Type Locality: “Rio Bamba, Ecuador, South America”

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

            =    morleyi (Coxey, 1932)

Entomol. News 43(2): 33.

Original Combination: Eurema gundlachia race morleyi

Type Locality: “Higra, 4000 feet elevation, Ecuador”

Types: Holotype (#7752) in ANSP.

                   =    ‡”imitatrix” (d'Almeida, 1932)

Bull. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 37(3): 44.

Original Combination: Terias proterpia ab. ♀ imitatrix

Type Locality: “Guaiocoromo...Colombie”

Types: “Lectotype” in UFPC, designated by Mielke and Casagrande (1985), Revta. bras. Entomol. 29(2): 325, fig. 3 ♀ D&V.

‡”atzin” (Arias, 1968)

Exp. cient. españ. siglo XVIII, Exp. Bot. Nueva España: 394.

Original Combination: Tlotzin Atzin

Types: Types probably never designated.

Proposed without a description or indication; a nomen nudum.



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