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Glaucopsyche lygdamus deserticola Austin & J. Emmel, 1998
(Silvery Blue)

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

  Genus Glaucopsyche Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 54. Type-species: Polyommatus lygdamus E. Doubleday, 1841, Entomol. 1(14): 209-210, by original designation.

=    Phaedrotes Scudder, 1876

Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 3: 115-116, no. 20. Type-species: Lycaena catalina Reakirt, 1866, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 18(3): 244, no. 16 (= Lycaena sagittigera C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865, Reise Novara (2): 281-282, no. 357, pl. 35, figs. 20, 21: a subspecies of Lycaena piasus Boisduval, 1852, Annls. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (2)10(2): 299, no. 37), by original designation. F. Brown (1971), J. Lepid. Soc. 25(4): 240-246, determined this synonymy.

=    Apelles Hemming, 1931

Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 79(2): 323-324. Type-species: Polyommatus melanops Boisduval, [1828], Europ. Lepid. Ind. Meth.: 13, by original designation.

=    Bajluana Korshunov & Ivonin, 1990

Nov. Maloizvest. Vid. Faun. Sib. 22: 69. Type-species: Lycaena argali Elwes, 1899, Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (4)1899(3): 328, 329, by original designation.


Glaucopsyche lygdamus (E. Doubleday, 1841)

Entomol. 1(14): 209-210.

Original Combination: Polyommatus Lygdamus

Type Locality: “pine forests of North America, especially Georgia” A. Clark (1948), Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 50(7): 176, suggested that the original specimens were collected by John Abbot in the “vicinity of his home at Jacksonboro, Screven Co., Georgia”; Klots (1951), Field Guide Butts. N. Am.: 168, stated “Screven Co., Georgia.” Drawings by John Abbot in the Natural History Museum in London indicate that he encountered this species long before his brief residence in Screven County, so Burke County, Georgia, is a more likely locality (Calhoun pers. comm. 2006).

Types: Holotype is lost or unrecognizable, not in BMNH or UMO.

=    nittanyensis F. Chermock, 1945

Can. Entomol. 76(11): 216.

Original Combination: Glaucopsyche lygdamus nittanyensis

Type Locality: “Bear Meadows, near State College, Pa.” [Centre County, Pennsylvania]

Types: Holotype in CMNH.

=    boydi A. Clark, 1948

Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 50(7): 176-177.

Original Combination: Glaucopsyche lygdamus boydi

Type Locality: “Ice Mountain, Hampshire Co., West Virginia”

Types: Holotype (#58715) in USNM; figured by A. Clark (1940), Expl. Field Work Smithson. Inst. 1939: fig. 70, left ♂ D, middle ♂ V (holotype), right ♀ V.


Glaucopsyche lygdamus deserticola Austin & J. Emmel, 1998

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (42): 509-510, figs. 39 ♂ D, 40 ♂ V (holotype); 41 ♀ D, 42 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Glaucopsyche lygdamus deserticola

Type Locality: “Nevada: Clark County; Spring Mountains, Cottonwood Pass Road, 0.6-1.8 road miles south of Nevada state route 160 (Pahrump Road), 1340 m, T23S R58E S2 and T22S R58E S35 on the USGS Goodsprings, Nev. 15' quadrangle”

Types: Holotype in NVMC.



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