Pyrrhiades anchises jucunda (Butler, 1881),

Collins, Steve C., 2017, Observations on the biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera). Part 12. New information and corrections, Zootaxa 4312 (3), pp. 471-496: 473

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Pyrrhiades anchises jucunda (Butler, 1881)


Pyrrhiades anchises jucunda (Butler, 1881) 

Ogilvie-Grant (1903) illustrated the caterpillar and pupa, which he found on Socotra on ‘a shrubby species of Ficus  ’. This was probably a misidentification for the endemic Acridocarpus socotranus  ( Malpighiaceae  ), which when not flowering might be mistaken for a species of Ficus  . This is assumed to be the origin of the incorrect records of Ficus  sp. as the food plant ( Cock 2010b). SCC has reared this subspecies from a plant that resembled Acridocarpus orientalis  , but the plant was not identified and the early stages were not documented. We assume the food plant was A. socotranus  , as A. orientalis  is similar, but does not seem to be found on Socotra ( Thulin 1993).