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Euphilotes r. rita (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)
(Rita’s Blue)

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

Genus Euphilotes Mattoni, [1978]

J. Res. Lepid. 16(4): 224-225. Type-species: Lycaena enoptes Boisduval, 1852, Annls. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (2)10(2): 298, no. 36, by original designation.


rita complex Pratt & J. Emmel, 1998

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (17): 271.


Euphilotes rita (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)


Euphilotes rita rita (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)

Can. Entomol. 48(7): 223-224; paratypes figured by W. Barnes and McDunnough (1916), Contr. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Am. 3(2): pl. 11, figs. 3 ♂ D, 6 ♂ V; ♂ genitalia figured by W. Barnes and McDunnough (1917), Contr. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Am. 3(4): pl. 17, figs. 5, 6.

Original Combination: Lycaena rita

Type Locality: “S. Arizona...Santa Rita Mts., Ariz....Rio Verdi Mts., Ariz.”; defined as “Ramsey Canyon, Huachuca Mts., Cochise Co., Arizona” by Shields (1975), Bull. Allyn Mus. (28): 16.

Types: Syntypes, excluding the specimen from the Rio Verdi Mountains, in USNM; “paratypes” figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 66, figs. 39 ♂ D, 40 ♂ V.



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