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Rekoa palegon (Cramer, 1780)
(Gold-bordered Hairstreak)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

S TX, E & W Mexico to N Argentina, Venezuela to Guianas, Trinidad, Tobago


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

Genus Rekoa Kaye, 1904

Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (4)1904(2): 198. Type-species: Papilio meton Cramer, 1779, Uitl. Kapellen 3(17): 15, pl. 201, figs. D, E; (24): 175 (index), by original designation. The genus- and species-level synonymies for this genus follow Robbins (1991), Smithsonian Contrib. Zool. (498): 1-64.

=    Heterosmaitia Clench, [1964]

J. Res. Lepid. 2(4): 248, 254. Type-species: Thecla bourkei Kaye, [1925], Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (4)1924(3/4): 416-417, by original designation.


Rekoa palegon (Cramer, 1780)

Uitl. Kapellen 3(24): 159, pl. 282, figs. C ♂ D, D ♂ V; (24): 176 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Pleb[ejus]. rural[is]. Palegon

Type Locality: “Sierra Leona op de Goudkust van Afrika” “Sierra Leona, sur la Côte d’or de l’Afrique” in error; suggested to be “Surinam” by Robbins (1991), Smithsonian Contrib. Zool. (498): 38.

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    myrtillus (Stoll, 1781)

Uitl. Kapellen 4(32): 178, pl. 380, figs. B ♂ D, C ♂ V; (34): 250 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Pleb[ejus]. Rural[is]. Myrtillus

Type Locality: “Surinamen” “Suriname”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    juicha (Reakirt, [1867])

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 18(3): 338-339, no. 44.

Original Combination: Thecla juicha

Type Locality: “Mexico, near Vera Cruz” [Veracruz]

Types: Location of type(s) not known, probably lost.

            =    cyrriana (Hewitson, 1874)

Entomol. Mon. Mag. 11(124): 105; figured by Hewitson (1877), Ill. diurn. Lepid. Lycaenidae 2(7): pl. 78, figs. 627, 628 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Thecla Cyrriana

Type Locality: “Peru”; suggested to be “either Mazatlán, Sinaloa, or Acapulco, Guerrerro” by Clench (1967), J. Lepid. Soc. 21(3): 183.

Types: Lectotype in BMNH, designated by Robbins (1991), Smithsonian Contrib. Zool. 498: 39.

            =    ulia (Dyar, 1913)

Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. 45(2006): 637.

Original Combination: Thecla ulia

Type Locality: “Cantas, 2,000 feet” [Peru]

Types: Holotype (#15623) in USNM.



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