“Nebraska Lepidoptera” Blog

Hesperia leonardus pawnee Dodge 1874 Another butterfly described from NE

This is probably one of my favorite group of butterflies (skippers actually). Members of the genus Hesperia are native prairie specialists. Finding any of them today is to rediscover habitat roughly unchanged from what white settlers first encountered when entering our area in the early 1800s. They are the insect equivalents of the American Bison.Continue reading “Hesperia leonardus pawnee Dodge 1874 Another butterfly described from NE”

Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska: Lycaena rubidus longi K. Johnson and Balogh, 1977

Pardon my neglect in putting out new material. I’ve been learning some new mapping software to make new distribution maps for Nebraska’s 200+ species (the last ones for the state were put out in 2004/05). I’ve also been comparing notes with Steve Spomer to synchronize our data. So hopefully it will all be worth it.Continue reading “Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska: Lycaena rubidus longi K. Johnson and Balogh, 1977”

Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Smoky Eyed Brown – Lethe eurydice fumosus (Leussler 1916)

This is another butterfly Richard Leussler (that man again – see Jan 8 post) named, this time as a subspecies. The name he originally gave the butterfly was Satyrodes canthus n. v. fumosus but the genus was later changed to Lethe and the species to eurydice. So the current name is Lethe eurydice fumosus (Leussler,Continue reading “Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Smoky Eyed Brown – Lethe eurydice fumosus (Leussler 1916)”

Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Bernadetta Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia bernadetta)

Staying on the theme of butterflies with type localities in Nebraska, back in 1920 Richard A Leussler (that man again – see Jan 8 post) described what he believed to be a new species of Checkerspot which he called Euphydryas bernadetta. In the years since the powers that be have decided that it is actuallyContinue reading “Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Bernadetta Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia bernadetta)”

Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Nebraska and Kohler’s Fritillaries with an updated distribution map

Let’s revisit a theme from the Jan 2 post (butterflies with type localities in Nebraska). The Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) currently has eight named subspecies spread across the northern half of the United States. Among these eight two are named from type localities in Nebraska. The first B. selene nebraskensis (W. Holland, 1928) was namedContinue reading “Butterflies with Type Localities in Nebraska – Nebraska and Kohler’s Fritillaries with an updated distribution map”

Found one time in Nebraska – The Hermit (Grais stigmaticus)

On 9/20/2005 Doug Long found another butterfly (skipper actually) in the state for the first time. This time is was a Hermit (Grais stigmaticus) which he found near Holbrook in Furnas County. While certainly not the most colorful “butterfly” in Nebraska (many people would have mistaken it for a moth) Doug alertly noticed the yellowContinue reading “Found one time in Nebraska – The Hermit (Grais stigmaticus)”

Doug Long – Citizen Scientist Extraordinaire

Back in my student days at Kearney State College the Biology Department sent out newsletters to high school Biology teachers. My academic advisor (Dr. Harold Nagel) had an idea to send out solicitations for students/teachers interested in contributing specimens/data on Lepidoptera species. One of the responses we got was from one of Doug Long’s kids.Continue reading “Doug Long – Citizen Scientist Extraordinaire”

Richard A Leussler – Nebraska’s Greatest Lepidopoterist and Hesperia pahaska

It is of interest that while Richard A Leussler was/is perhaps Nebraska’s most noted Lepidopterist, that was not his vocation. While I was unable to find out much about his early years he was evidently born in St Louis in 1866 and came to Nebraska in 1902 as an executive in the Omaha and CouncilContinue reading “Richard A Leussler – Nebraska’s Greatest Lepidopoterist and Hesperia pahaska”

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