Variation of Copaeodes minima and the Status of Copaeodes rayata (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae)

George T. Austin, Andrew D. Warren, Olaf H. H. Mielke


Examination of more than 600 specimens of Copaeodes minima (W. H. Edwards, 1870) (Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae) indicated phenotypic variation throughout its distribution. A dark form occurs in response to low temperatures during development. Its genitalia do not vary concomitantly. Both C. minima and its synonym, Copaeodes rayata Barnes & McDunnough, 1913, were described from the pale form of the species. A lectotype is designated for Copaeodes rayata.

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