Metisella formosus linda Evans, 1937

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, T. Colin E., 2017, Observations on the Biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) with particular reference to Kenya. Part 11. Heteropterinae, Zootaxa 4226 (4), pp. 487-508 : 501

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4226.4.3

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:8753ADEF-2888-46CD-A6DE-6BDF9D3CE0DC

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5670008

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/6140B34B-4B1F-0446-1C97-FB4AFCC9FF1C

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scientific name

Metisella formosus linda Evans, 1937
status

 

Metisella formosus linda Evans, 1937

The nominate subspecies, formosus Butler , was described from Zomba, Malawi ( Butler 1894), and seems to be restricted to that country ( Evans 1937, Ackery et al. 1995). Subspecies linda Evans (1937) described from DR Congo (Shaba) is also found in Zambia, western Tanzania and western Kenya ( Ackery et al. 1995). There are two further subspecies recognised: nyanza Evans (1937) is restricted to Uganda and eastern Zaire (Kivu) and mittoni Carcasson (1961) to southern Ethiopia ( Ackery et al. 1995). We report one observation of oviposition by ssp. linda.

The early stages and food plants have not been reported. Larsen (1991) stated that the food plants are various grasses, but this was an assumption at the time. In 2008, TCEC observed a female oviposit on an unidentified grass at the Mutinondo Wilderness , eastern Zambia. The ovum ( Figure 17 View FIGURE 17 ) was dome-shaped, pale, with about 48 very fine ribs. It subsequently formed up but failed to eclose.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Hesperiidae

Genus

Metisella