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Anthanassa argentea (Godman & Salvin, 1882)
(Chestnut Crescent)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

S TX (as stray), E & S Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua


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

Genus Anthanassa Scudder, 1875

Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 2(4): 239, 268, no. 54. Type-species: Melitaea texana W. H. Edwards, 1863, Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 2(2): 81, no. 5, by designation of I.C.Z.N. Opinion 839; the same Opinion placed Anthanassa on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 1780.

=    Tritanassa W. Forbes, 1945

Entomol. Am. (n.s.) 24: 171. Type-species: Eresia drusilla C. Felder & R. Felder, 1861, Wien. Entomol. Montaschr. 5(4): 103-104, no. 79, by original designation.


Anthanassa argentea (Godman & Salvin, 1882)

Biol. centr.-amer. Lepid. Rhop. 1(18): 207, no. 37.

Original Combination: Phyciodes argentea

Type Locality: “Guatemala, Polochic valley...Choctum...Nicaragua, Chontales”; lectotype from “Choctum, Guatemala.”

Types: Lectotype (#Rh8468) in BMNH, designated by Higgins (1981), Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 43(3): 102.

This species was recorded from Texas by Chuah and Cushing (1995), Trop. Lepid. 6(1): 43, figs. 2, 2a.


Chuah, Hoe H., and David S. Cushing. 1995. Eurema albula (Pieridae) and Anthanassa argentea (Nymphalidae): New records for the United States (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Tropical Lepidoptera 6(1)(1): 43-44, 2 figs. (25 May) 

Godman, Frederick du Cane and Osbert Salvin. 1879-1901. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Zoology: Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera. London; Taylor & Francis, 3 volumes (Vols. 36-38): 1(Nym., Rio.)(1879-1886); xlv+487 pp.; 2(Pier., Pap., Lyc., Hes.)(1887-1901): 782 pp.; 3(plates): 1-48 (1879-1886); 49-112 (1887-1901) [description of Phyciodes argentea

Hall, Arthur. 1928-1930. A revision of the genus Phyciodes Hubn. (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Bulletin of the Hill Museum 2(2)(supplement 1): 1-20, pls. 1-3 {18 Jun 1928} 2(3)(supplement): 21-44 {17 Nov 1928}; 3(1)(supplement): 45-94 {30 Apr 1929}; 3(2)(supplement): 95-146 {29 Aug 1929}; 3(3)(supplement): 147-170 {30 Dec 1929}; 4(1)(supplement): 171-204 {28 Jul 1930}; 4(2)(supplement): 205-206; add. Page {29 Dec 1930}

Higgins, Lionel George. 1981. A revision of Phyciodes Hübner and related genera, with a review of the classification of the Melitaeinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology) 43(3): 77-243, 490 figs. {29 Oct 1981}

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