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Species Plesioarida walkeri - Walker's Metalmark - Hodges#4406

Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri) - Plesioarida walkeri - female Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri - female Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri - female Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri Walker's Metalmark - Plesioarida walkeri
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Riodinidae (Metalmarks)
Subfamily Riodininae
Tribe Emesiini
Genus Plesioarida
Species walkeri (Walker's Metalmark - Hodges#4406)
Hodges Number
4406
Explanation of Names
Apodemia walkeri Godman & Salvin, 1886
Patronym for Francis Walker (1809-1874), an English entomologist. He was one of the most prolific authors in entomology, and stirred controversy during his later life as his publications resulted in a huge number of junior synonyms.
Walker was employed by the British Museum between 1837 and 1863. He added an immense amount of material to the collections of the British Museum and wrote 87 scientific papers. He is best known for his catalogues of Orthoptera, Neuroptera, Homoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera.
Range
s. TX (rare stray) to Costa Rica - Map (MPG, BOA)
Habitat
Most reliably found at Resaca de la Palma State Park, Brownsville.
Food
Richard W. Boscoe found that confined females oviposited on huisache - Acacia schaffneri and that the larvae fed on the host.
Remarks
First U.S. record reported by Freeman (1949).
See Also
Apodemia hypoglauca (Godman & Salvin) - no US records, yet...
Print References
Freeman, H.A., 1949. A Summary of new butterflies from Texas. Texas Journal of Science 1(3): 40-41.
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