Lycaenidae


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Lycaenidae

[lī′sēn·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A family of heteroneuran lepidopteran insects in the superfamily Papilionoidea including blue, gossamer, hairstreak, copper, and metalmark butterflies.

Lycaenidae

 

a family of diurnal butterflies. Their wing-spread is 2 to 4 cm. In the male the wings are light blue, dark blue, green, or orange-red, sometimes with considerable glitter; the females’ wings are brown. Occasionally the wings are the same in both sexes. Underneath, the wings are grayish with rows of small eyelike spots. There are more than 2,500 species, of which up to 500 are found in the moderate latitudes of the northern hemisphere. Some 60 species are known in the European part of the USSR. The caterpillars feed on broad-leaved trees (Thecla), grassy Polygonaceae (Chrysophanus), or legumes (various Lycaenidae). In some species the caterpillars are carnivores, eating aphids and scale insects. Lycaenidae do not cause great damage to crops.

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1996) Colecciones biologicas: (a) McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, EUA (Nymphalidae), (b) National Entomological Collection, Department of Systematic Biology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, EUA (Pieridae, Lycaenidae y Nymphalidae), (c) Main Collection, Section Lepidoptera, Natural History Museum, Inglaterra, (d) Coleccion de Artropodos del Laboratorio de Entomologia Sistematica de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, y (e) Coleccion de Referencia del Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad de San Carlos (Papilionidae y Pieridae).
Sobre la base de articulos consultados, fueron registrados 832 especies y subespecies, distribuidas en seis familias y 23 subfamilias (Tabla I (suplemento)): Hesperiidae con 357 (42,90%) especies y subespecies es la familia con mayor riqueza, seguida por Nymphalidae con 227 (27,28%), Lycaenidae con 94 (11,30%), Riodinidae con 80 (9,62%), Pieridae con 43 (5,17%) y Papilionidae con 31 (3,73%).
Para el complejo de cienagas de Cordoba se encontraron 215 individuos pertenecientes a 51 especies, 17 subfamilias y seis familias; Hesperidae (dos subfamilias, seis generos), Papilionidae (una subfamilia, dos generos), Pieridae (dos subfamilas, seis generos), Riodinidae (una subfmalia, una genero), Lycaenidae (dos subfamilias, tres generos) y Nymphalidae (nueve subfamilias, 21 generos) (Anexo 1).
This is particularly true for the large family Lycaenidae, but also for Pieridae, where we have chosen to collapse branches about which the phenetic analyses by Geiger (1980) and Ehrlich and Ehrlich (1967) were in conflict.
But many caterpillars in the families Riodinidae and Lycaenidae -- which metamorphose into the beautiful, widely distributed butterflies commonly called "metalmarks" and "blues" -- don't have these problems.
489 ha), reporto un total de 30 especies (en 264 individuos) de mariposas diurnas tipicas de "bosque primario", excluyendo especies de las familias Hesperiidae y Lycaenidae (PIN, 2008).
Similarly, analysis of present data revealed that family Nymphalidae and Satyridae (12 species each) dominated the Lepidoptera fauna of Khajjiar area, followed by Pieridae and Lycaenidae (6 species each), Hesperiidae (4 species), Papilionidae (3 species), Erycinidae and Danaidae (2 species each), and Acraeidae and Riodinidae (1 species each).
lmmature stages of Calycopis caulonia (Hewitson, 1877) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Thechinae, Eumaeini), with notes on rearing detritivorous hairstreaks on artificial diet.
En menor proporcion se capturaron Pieridae (n = 252) con 12 especies, Lycaenidae (n = 46) con cuatro especies, Papilionidae (n = 26) con siete especies y en Riodinidae (n = 13) se identificaron dos especies.
List of foodplants of some East African Rhopalocera, with notes on the early stages of some Lycaenidae.