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Oeneis bore taygete Geyer, [1830]
(White-veined Arctic)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Labrador & N Quebec


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

Genus Oeneis Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (4): 58. Type-species: Papilio norna Thunberg, 1791, Ins. Suec. (2): 36-37, pl. 2, figs. 11, [11a], by designation of Butler (1868), Entomol. Mon. Mag. 4(45): 196.


bore group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 226.


Oeneis bore (Esper, 1789)

Die Schmett. 1(suppl.)(1)(3/4): 37-38, pl. 100, fig. 1 (1789); [7]: 76-79, pl. 108 (cont. 63), fig. 1 ♀ D&V [1798].

Original Combination: Papilio (Dan[aus]. Cand[idus].) Bore

Type Locality: “Lappland”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

The determination of Esper's publication dates by Heppner (1981), Arch. Nat. Hist. 10(2): 251-254, gave priority to Esper's description over that of Schneider (1792), Neu. Mag. Liebhaber Entomol. 4: 415, 445; 5: 585 (1793), which is often listed.

Ferris et al. (1983), Can. Entomol. 115(7): 838, and Scott (1986), Butts. N. Am.: 249-250, no. 130, suggested that taygete is conspecific with bore.

            =    fortunatus (Fabricius, 1793)

Entomol. Syst. 3(1): 214, no. 670.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. S[atyri]. Fortunatus

Type Locality: “Lapponia” [Lapland, Norway and Sweden]

Types: Syntypes in ZMUC.

E. Doubleday (1844), List Spec. Lepid. Ins. Coll. Brit. Mus. 1: 123, was the first to consider this name a synonym of O. bore.

            =    crambis (Freyer, [1844])

Neuer Beitr. Schmett. 5(74): 99-100, no. 783, pl. 440, figs. 3 ♂ D&V, 4 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Hipparchia Crambis

Type Locality: “Lappland” [Lapland, Norway and Sweden]

Types: There may be syntypes in BMNH or ZSMC, or they may be lost.

This name has been employed in different ways in the past, but it is clear from the figures, type locality, description, and Freyer’s comparison with bore that this name belongs here.


Oeneis bore taygete Geyer, [1830]

In: Hübner, Samml. Exot. Schmett. 3: [60-61], [pl. 17], figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V, 3 ♀ D, 4 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Oeneis Taygete

Type Locality: “Labrador”; neotype from from “Hopedale, Labrador, latitude 53oN.” [Newfoundland and Labrador]

Types: Type(s) probably lost; neotype in CMNH, designated by dos Passos (1949), Am. Mus. Novit. (1399): 6, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V.

                   =    bootes (Boisduval, [1834])

Icon. Hist. Lépid. 1(19): 191-192, no. 5, pl. 37, figs. 4 ♂ D, 5 ♀ D, 6 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Chionobas Bootes

Type Locality: “Cap-Nord...Kamtschatka...Groenland et au Labrador”; defined as “Hopedale, Labrador” by dos Passos (1949), Am. Mus. Nov. No. 1399: 7.

Types: Type(s) probably lost; the lectotype is the male specimen represented by Boisduval’s figure 4, designated by dos Passos (1949), Am. Mus. Novit. (1399): 7.

dos Passos (1949), Am. Mus. Novit. (1399): 4, figs. 3 ♂ D, 4 ♂ V, figured a probable syntype from the USNM. This specimen, without locality label, differs from the figures given by Boisduval. The original localities given by Boisduval are diverse (no Oeneis are known to occur in Greenland), and dos Passos thought it wise to designate the “type” as the specimen represented by Boisduval's figure, since it closely resembles specimens from Labrador.



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