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Amblyscirtes hegon (Scudder, 1863)
(Pepper and Salt Skipper)

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Poa pratensis L.
Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash
Sorghastrum secundum (Ell.) Nash
Chasmanthium latifolium (Michx.) Yates

Synonymy

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

Genus Amblyscirtes Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 75. Type-species: Hesperia vialis W. H. Edwards, 1862, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 14(1/2): 58, no. 8, by original designation. Evans (1955), Cat. Am. Hesp. Brit. Mus. (4): 386-393, and H. Freeman (1973), J. Lepid. Soc. 27(1): 40-57, arranged this genus into groups. Burns (1990), J. Lepid. Soc. 44(1): 11-27, rearranged some of these groups and commented on the phylogenetic position of the genus.

=    Stomyles Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 76. Type-species: Pyrgus textor Hübner, [1831], Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: pl. [89], figs. 515, 516; 28, no. 258 (= Hesperia aesculapius Fabricius, 1793, Entomol. Syst. 3(1): 347-348, no. 321; synonym), by original designation.

=    Mastor Godman, 1900

In: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(160): 567. Type-species: Mastor anubis Godman, 1900, in: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(160): 568; 3: pl. 100, figs. 32 ♂ D, 33 ♂ V, 34 ♂ FW venation, 35 ♂ genitalia, by original designation.

=    Epiphyes Dyar, 1905

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 13(3): 132. Type-species: Pamphila carolina Skinner, 1892, Entomol. News 3(9): 222-223, by original designation.

 

aesculapius group Evans, 1955

Cat. Am. Hesp. Brit. Mus. (4): 388.

 

Amblyscirtes hegon (Scudder, 1863)

Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 176, no. 77.

Original Combination: Hesperia Hegon

Type Locality: “White Mountains” [New Hampshire]

Types: Holotype (#8973) in MCZ.

As first reviser, W. F. Kirby (1871), Syn. Cat. diurn. Lepid.: 613, no. 16, selected hegon over samoset on the basis of line priority; Scudder applied the names hegon to the female and samoset to the male.

            =    samoset (Scudder, 1863)

Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 176-177, no. 78; figured by Scudder (1889), Butts. E. U. S. & Can. 3(10): pl. 10, fig. 1 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Hesperia Samoset

Type Locality: “Mass. and N. H.” [Massachusetts and New Hampshire]

Types: Syntypes (#8974) in MCZ.

            =    nemoris (W. H. Edwards, 1864)

Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 2(4): 501, 507, no. 10; 4[1]: pl. 1, fig. 1 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Hesperia Nemoris

Type Locality: “Portsmouth, Ohio”; neotype from “3 miles east of Zaleski, Vinton County, Ohio, some 50 miles NE of Portsmouth.”

Types: Neotype in CMNH, designated by F. Brown and L. Miller (1987), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 113(1): 50, fig. 16 ♂ D&V.

            =    argina (Plötz, 1884)

Mitt. naturw. Ver. Neu-Vorpomm. 15: 22, no. 60.

Original Combination: [Pyrgus (Syrichthus)] Argina

Type Locality: “Brisbane”, [Australia], in error.

Types: Type(s) may be in ZSMC or lost.

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