Marica Butterflies research 2011-date;

by Richard Raby on March 1, 2016

I’ll follow the last posting with this one for those interested in my recent Butterfly Conservation work.

Marica Butterflies;

I’ve been studying the Butterflies of my local municipal since having an exceptionally rare  jungle species turn-up in my Garden in 2010. The results of my survey are still to be properly concluded and written-up, but I can tell everyone now that I’ve made some very exciting discoveries, discoveries that have lead to my being “recruited” by the Entomologists at the Federal Universities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo States, and I’m now registered as a fully licensed field researcher with permission to capture, captive rear and take (limited no’s) specimens of endangered Brazilian endemic species.

The 5 major species that I have discovered in the Marica municipal are

Parides Ascanius the Beach Swallowtail; A large and vibrant colony exists here. Current conservation Status: Endangered & Highly Threatened.

Mimoides lysithous harrisianus no common name ; Mimics the above species, flies side by side with the above, and is considered a Critically ENDANGERED species, known from only 2 other colonies, and no-where else in the world.

Mimoides lysithous harrisianus. "Critically Endangered"

Heraclides himerous  no popular name; Very rare, Critically endangered, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito santo, apparently dying-out for unknown reasons.

Adepha Atlantica no popular name; Known from ONLY 3 specimens in collections, my record  from Marica  is only the third specimen. No wild photographs are known to exist to my knowledge.

Prepona (Agrias) claudina annetta. Agrias claudina;  Considered extinct in Rio City since the 1940′s, last Rio STATE records apparently 30 years ago?  I have now managed 3 records and one other photographed (from my projects initiation in 2010) proving 4 examples over a 6 years period to hunt this one down. Which I have succeeded in doing, these last 3 records are all from the last 12months period, and all from a common, and newly discovered locality, indicating that I’ve almost certainly discovered the colony?

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