Theclini

Larva of small bronze azure Ogyris otanes being tended by ant Camponotus terebrans, photographed by R. Fisher.


Belongs within: Lycaenidae.

The Theclini are a group of sexually monomorphic butterflies.

Characters (from Eliot 1973): Fore wing with 11 veins; veins 6 and 7 connate or stalked from apex of cell. Hind wing never with more than a single tail at vein 2. No secondary sexual characters. Eyes hairy or smooth. Antenna with cylindrical club; nudum extending down shaft, sometimes almost to base, in a taper or series of detached patches of decreasing size. Palpi with second joint almost always clothed with hair-like scales. Male fore tarsus exceptionally variable. Male genitalia rather variable, but juxta always present, and usually also brachia. Larvae onisciform; pupa girdled, unless reclining or retaining larval skin.

<==Theclini
    |--Arhopala AV04
    |--Shirozua AV04
    |--Zesius AV04
    |--Acrodipsas AV04
    |    |--A. brisbanensis NS04
    |    |    |--A. b. brisbanensis NS04
    |    |    `--A. b. cyrilus NS04
    |    `--A. myrmecophila NS04
    |--Thecla S55
    |    |--T. cecrops FS54
    |    |    |--T. c. cecrops FS54
    |    |    `--T. c. beon Cramer 1782 FS54
    |    |--T. damo Druce 1870 FS54
    |    |--T. linus (Sulzer 1776) S55
    |    |--T. sicrana Jones 1912 FS54
    |    `--T. yojoa Reakirt 1886 FS54
    `--Ogyris AV04
         |--O. idmo NS04
         |    |--O. i. idmo NS04
         |    `--O. i. halmaturia NS04
         |--O. otanes NS04
         `--O. subterrestris NS04
              |--O. s. subterrestris NS04
              `--O. s. petrina NS04

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[AV04] Als, T. D., R. Vila, N. P. Kandul, D. R. Nash, S.-H. Yen, Y.-F. Hsu, A. A. Mignault, J. J. Boomsma & N. E. Pierce. 2004. The evolution of alternative parasitic life histories in large blue butterflies. Nature 432: 386-390.

Eliot, J. N. 1973. The higher classification of the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): a tentative arrangement. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Entomology) 28 (6): 371-505.

[FS54] Franz, E., & H. Schröder. 1954. Tagfalter (Lep. Rhopalocera) aus El Salvador. Senckenbergiana Biologica 35: 75-87.

[NS04] New, T. R., & D. P. A. Sands. 2004. Management of threatened insect species in Australia, with particular reference to butterflies. Australian Journal of Entomology 43 (3): 258-270.

[S55] Schröder, H. 1955. Eine Falter-Ausbeute aus dem westlichen Bolivien. (Ins. Lepid. Rhopal.) Senckenbergiana Biologica 36: 329-338.

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