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Selenophanes j. josephus (Godman & Salvin, 1881)
(Josephus Owl-Butterfly)

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Original description from: Godman, Frederick DuCane, and Osbert Salvin ([1889-91]) "Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera." London, Dulau & Co., Bernard Quaritch. v. 1, p. 126:

1. Opsiphanes josephus, sp. n. (Tab. XIII. figg. 3, 4.)

Alis fuscis, anticis falcatis, fascia profunde serrata ultra cellulam a costa ad angulum analem fulva, punctis ad apicem albis; posticis macula subtriangulari intra ramos medianos primum et secundum nigra; subtus alis lividis obscure marmoratis, anticis fascia paginse superioris leviter notatis, lineis tribus aut quatuor undulatis cellulam transeuntibus, ocello apud apicem, posticis duobus ocellis pallidioribus, uno ad marginem anteriorem, altero angulum analem versus ornatis.

Hab. GUATEMALA, San José de Guatemala (0. S.).

  This curious species is unlike any other in our collection; but in having slightly falcate wings and in the absence of any pencils of hair on the secondaries it agrees with Opsiphanes cassiope of Guiana and the Lower Amazons. We have therefore placed it in the same group of the genus as that species. The peculiar triangular patch of black felted scales on the secondaries at once distinguishes it from 0. cassiope.
  The only specimen that has hitherto come under our notice was caught by Salvin at the port of San José de Guatemala the evening before he left the country in March 1874, when, every thing being packed up, it was consigned to an envelope and placed with letters, where it remained for several weeks. The condition, therefore, of this specimen is not good, the body being much flattened and the wings rubbed. This specimen, a male, we have figured.

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