Two New Nymphalidae from Western North Carolina: New Subspecies of Speyeria aphrodite and Phyciodes batesii
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Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey (December 1, 1998) 1(3): 1-8
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Two new subspecies are described from Macon County, North Carolina, United States. Speyeria aphrodite cullasaja is characterized by dorsal melanism, especially in females, by usually lacking the dorsal FW basal spots in cell Cu1 and Cu2, and by a narrowed buff marginal band on the ventral HW (sometimes absent in females). Phyciodes batesii maconensis males are characterized by wholly yellow ventral hind wings devoid of any dark marginal dusting or whitish crescents; and females occasionally possessing, lightly dusted, brown margins and rarely having a silvered marginal ventral HW spot. PPhyciodes batesii maconensis larvae are gregarious Aster feeders. Females are known to oviposit only on Aster undulatus. Both subspecies are presently known only from the drainage of the Little Tennessee River in western North Carolina and northern Georgia at altitudes above 4,000 feet. Both are common in this area.
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