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Genus Abaeis

Sleepy? - Abaeis nicippe Sleepy Orange - Abaeis nicippe Eurema sp? - Abaeis nicippe Yellow Butterfly - Abaeis nicippe butterfly, Sleepy Orange ? - Abaeis nicippe a sulphur - Abaeis nicippe Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe) - Abaeis nicippe - female Texas butterfly - Abaeis nicippe
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows)
Subfamily Coliadinae (Sulphurs and Yellows)
Genus Abaeis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Abaeis Hübner 1819. Type species: Papilio nicippe Cramer
Xanthidia Boisduval & Le Conte 1829. Type species: Papilio nicippe Cramer [= Abaeis]
Explanation of Names
The single North American species (nicippe) was considered to belong to Abaeis, and recognized as distinct from Eurema by Opler and Warren in 2003.

BugGuide currently follows the taxonomy of Opler and Warren, which is the same as that used at Butterflies of America (see discussion here)

The distinction of Abaeis from Eurema is still hotly debated, and not universally accepted (see related comments under Pyrisitia).
There are 2 species - A. nicippe (Cramer), is widespread and occurs in North America north of Mexico. Abaeis nicippiformis (Munroe) is restricted to the island of Hispanola.
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