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Strymon (Satyrium) melinus - Strymon melinus - male

Strymon (Satyrium) melinus - Strymon melinus - Male
Buhl, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
August 2, 2012
Was there a change in the genus name for this butterfly?

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Strymon (Satyrium) melinus - Strymon melinus - male Strymon (Satyrium) melinus - Strymon melinus - male

not aware of any changes in genus for this one
Strymon melinus is the type species of the genus, so if S. melinus were moved into another genus, the genus Strymon would effectively be elliminated, and all the species would end up under different genera. We'd hear about such a proposed change pretty quickly I think. On the other hand, typos get made all the time (lots of "Satyrium melinus" on the internet - all mistakes). Also, other related species have been segrated into other genera on and off.

This species has been called "Rusticus melinus" (by mistake? that name is a synonym of Plebejus), and some authors have lumped most all Hairstreaks into Thecla (though not recently), but this species has mostly always been placed in Strymon since the day it was officially named in 1818.

Strymon is related to Satyrium, but quite distinct.

Moved from ID Request.

You mean very recently away f
You mean very recently away from Strymon? Something I don't know about? This has been Strymon for as long as I can remember.

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