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Danaus eresimus tethys W. Forbes, [1944]

Pinned Specimens photo collection:


Live Adults photo collection:

Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

S Florida, Gr. Antilles (except P. Rico), Grand Cayman


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


Genus Danaus Kluk, 1780

Zwierz. Hist. Nat. Pocz. Gospod. 4: 83-86, no. 145. Type-species: Papilio plexippus Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 1: 471, no. 80, by designation of Hemming (1933), Entomol. 66(845): 222. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 278 placed this name on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 699.


Danaus eresimus (Cramer, 1777)

Uitl. Kapellen 2(13): 121-122, pl. 175, figs. G ♂ D, H ♂ V; (16): 148 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Dan[aus] Festiv[us]. Eresimus

Type Locality: “Surinamen” “Suriname”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

Calhoun (1996), Holarct. Lepid. 3(1): 7-18, suggested that subspecies of D. erisimus are undefinable in the United States.

                   =    ‡asclepidia (Fabricius, 1938)

In: Bryk, Syst. Glossat.: 72, no. 9; cited Cramer (1777), Uitl. Kapellen 2(13): 121-122, pl. 175, figs. G, H.

Original Combination: E[uploea]. Asclepidea

Proposed as a replacement name for Papilio eresimus, based on a foodplant name; a junior objective synonym of eresimus.


Danaus eresimus tethys W. Forbes, [1944]

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 51(4): 301-302.

Original Combination: Danaus eresimus tethys

Type Locality: “Fond Parisien, Haiti...alt. about 60 ft.”

Types: Holotype in AMNH.



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