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 Post subject: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:03 pm 
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This was near Tambo, Santa Cruz in a dry wash. S18°00.781', W64°27.160', 1528 m. Very small and very long antennae. There were several in one spot, and my first guess was skipper. Then I thought a blue, but the photo seems to show only 4 functional legs. Thanks,

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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:06 pm 
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I have no idea what this could be, maybe a moth? Do moths only show 4 legs?
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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue is a Metalmark
PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:16 pm 
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Turns out this is the riodinid Zabuella tenellus. Thanks to Jim Brock for sleuthing out the ID.

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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:31 am 
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good for Jim! thanks, Rich, for letting us know. I was stumped.
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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:08 am 
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I had sent this link to Ezequiel Nunez Bustos from Argentina, where this species is found, and asked his opinion. He says this species is not known from Bolivia, and it may be a new subspecies. But without voucher specimens, they can't do anything about it. It does look a bit different than the one in D'Abrera.
Glad you got the shots, Rich.
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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:17 am 
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That's cool, thanks for looking further into it Kim. Maybe it's even a new species – the whole area is full of endemic species of birds, animals, and plants. In fact, we were looking at a Bolivian Earthcreeper just moments before I got the photos. Aren't you going there next month? Take your GPS!

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 Post subject: Re: Valle Zone Blue
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:36 am 
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unfortunately I had to postpone my Bolivia trip until sometime in the future. this winter I'm concentrating on our central american book(s). You could well be right, I'm sure there are many endemic butterfly species in the area, especially if there are many endemic birds and plants.
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