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Phyciodes cocyta diminutor Scott, 1998
(Northern Crescent)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Asteraceae: Aster lanceolatus ssp. lanceolatus var. lanceolatus  Willd., Symphyotrichum lateriflorum var. lateriflorum  (L.) A.& D. Löve


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

Genus Phyciodes Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (2): 29. Type-species: Papilio cocyta Cramer, 1777, Uitl. Kapellen 2(9): 7, pl. 101, figs. A, B; (16): 148 (index), by designation of Scudder (1872), 4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 46. The arrangement of species in this genus follows Wahlberg et al. (2003), Syst. Entomol. 28(2): 257-273.


Phyciodes cocyta (Cramer, 1777)

Uitl. Kapellen 2(9): 7, pl. 101, figs. A ♂ D, B ♂ V (fig. C ♀ V is not the same species); (16): 148 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Nymph[alis]. Phaler[ata]. Cocyta

Type Locality: Not stated for figs. A and B, “Surinamen” “Suriname” for fig. C; neotype from “Black Rock, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.”

Types: Neotype in AMNH, designated by Scott (1994), Papilio (n.s.) 7: 36, fig. 111 ♂ D.

=    ‡morpheus (Fabricius, 1775)

Syst. Entomol.: 530, no. 370.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. P[lebejus]. R[uralis]. Morpheus

Type Locality: “America boreali”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

Preoccupied by Papilio morpheus Pallas, 1771, Reise verschied. Prov. Russisich. Reichs 1, Anhang: 471, no. 64. Fabricius (1793), Entomol. Syst. 3(1): 155-156, no. 479, cited this name in association with Papilio cocyta Cramer, 1777.

=    arctica dos Passos, 1935

Can. Entomol. 67(4): 87.

Original Combination: Phyciodes tharos arctica

Type Locality: “Port au Port, Table Mountain, Newfoundland” [Newfoundland and Labrador]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.


Phyciodes cocyta diminutor Scott, 1998

Papilio (n.s.) 10: 13-14, figs. 5 ♂ D (holotype), 6 ♀ D, 7 ♂ D, 8 ♂ D, 9 ♂ D, 10 ♀ D, 11 ♀ D, 12 ♂ D, 13 ♂ D, 14 ♂ D, 15 ♀ D, 16 ♀ D, 17 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Phyciodes (Phyciodes) cocyta diminutor

Type Locality: “NE Conger, Freeborn County Minnesota”

Types: Holotype in BMNH.


Scott, James A. 1998. Phyciodes (Phyciodes): New discoveries, new subspecies, and convergence. Papilio (n.s.) 10: 1-42, 41 figs., 5 tables {20 Feb 1998} [description of Phyciodes (Phyciodes) cocyta diminutor

Scott, James A. 2006. Phyciodes (Phyciodes): More progress. Papilio (New Series) 13: 38 pp., 5 tbls., cartoon {28 Apr 2006} 

Wahlberg, Niklas, Rita Oliviera and James A. Scott. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of Phyciodes butterfly species (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): complex mtDNA variations and species delimittions. Systematic Entomology 28(2): 257-273, 4 figs., 2 tbls., 1 app. {Apr 2003}

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