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Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey (October 1, 1998) 1(1): 1-5

Also available at https://lepsurvey.carolinanature.com/ttr/ttr-1-1.pdf


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This paper verifies and expands upon the information presented by dos Passos and Klots in their 1969 systematic revision of Anthocharis midea. Their restriction of the range of A. midea midea to the coastal islands and immediate coast of Georgia and South Carolina, United States is confirmed and expanded north into southern coastal North Carolina. Their range of A. m. annickae is expanded southward from Virginia to central Georgia. A new subspecies, A. midea texana, is described from Texas. Texana is annickae’s ancestor. It differs from annickae only in having greatly reduced black scaling at the base of the dorsal wings. Klots’ theory that midea midea is descended from an extinct Florida ancestor is confirmed. Midea (coastal) and annickae (Sandhills) occur within 40 km of each other in Georgia and South Carolina. Midea is confirmed to not only be characterized by expanded orange of the dorsal FW of males, but also by frequent orange on the dorsal HW apex of males, and by females with frequent orange scaling on the dorsal FW apex.