Wollastoni and others, I've been told that John Tennent and Chris Muller have a review of the genus Hypochrysops well in the works. Let's hope the book appears before too long - it's a beautiful genus! jh
O.K. My links are working and now I can share some photos I have taken of the amazing collection I'm working with at the May Natural history Museum near Colorado Springs. A lot of the insects in this collection are impossible to collect now. The earliest caught specimen in the collection that I've found so far is a Sphinx moth from Italy caught in 1888. Jim
I am very surprised that this amazing family owned collection doesn't get more attention as well. I have been taking a lot of photos as I work on the collection and will be posting same on this forum. Every day at work is like Christmas for me. Jim
The rather unremarkable-looking Lycaenids in the photo below are my series of 5 male and 4 female Erora laeta. These were all taken by me in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and Kentucky between 1978 and 1986.
E. laeta is perhaps the least-often encountered butterfly in the eastern US. It's essentially a northern species which extends down the Appalachians. A. B. Klots, in his 1951 Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies wrote:
"Laeta is perhaps the greatest prize of northern collectors. It should be sought (but never expected) along rather shaded trails ... in Canadian Zone forest where beech trees occur. The butterflies alight on the bare ground..."
Certainly the range is greater than Klots knew; I think it has even been taken in north Georgia and Alabama now. The late '70's and early '80's seemed to mark a population boom for laeta in the Appalachians; it's still around (I was present when one was taken [on bare ground!] in nearby VA by Leroy Koehn a couple of years ago) but is very rare. I used to have a longer series, but traded a few specimens away over the years. I once swapped an Erora laeta for a decades-old Schaus' swallowtail! It's hard for this not to be my favorite Lycaenid.
Remelana davisi noeli pair, from Mt. Halcon on Mindoro, Philippines
This is Paruparo lumawigi mindorana male from Mt. Baco in Mindoro, Philippines. This was gifted to me from my friend Noel Mohagan. He told me this is only the second time he has gotten this sp from Mindoro, and first time from Mt. Baco. As far as i know and as he told me this sp was only described from Mt. Halcon earlier. He argued if this might be a new ssp. I've decided to ID it as ssp. mindorana which is the ssp described from Mt. Halcon. Not the best quality, but still a valuable specimen of an uncommon sp.