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 Post subject: Pyrrhopyge sp. possibly pseudophidias
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:54 pm 
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I found this on the house wall this morning. I think it is probably a Pyrrhopyge sp. and possibly P. pseudophidas. The flash on the underside of the hind wing is decidedly yellow but the photos on the internet show them to be white. Also the colour looks to be black, but at the right angle, a lovely blue iridescence can be seen. I popped it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to let me photograph it but it was difficult, it put out its tongue and flew away!


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 Post subject: Re: Pyrrhopyg sp. possibly pseudophidas
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Here it is putting out its tongue.


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 Post subject: Re: Pyrrhopyge sp. possibly pseudophidias
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Hola; Although this does look like a Pyrrhopyge species, I believe it is really a grass skipper, with all that red on the abdomen, possibly a subspecies of Pyrrhopygopsis socrates, P. s. crates. I will try to find out more about it. Saludos Ricardo


 
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 Post subject: Re: Pyrrhopyge sp. possibly pseudophidias
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:30 pm 
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Hola: Note that your bug's antenna clubs are not golf-club shaped like the Pyrrhopyge species. Saludos Ricardo


 
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 Post subject: Re: Pyrrhopyge sp. possibly pseudophidias
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:56 am 
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Hola: Perhaps I can find out more about this species if you would tell me where in Venezuela you found it. Saludos Ricardo


 
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 Post subject: Re: Pyrrhopyge sp. possibly pseudophidias
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:09 pm 
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Hi Ricardo
Many, many thanks for your help. My finca is near Tinaco in Cojedes at around 600 meters above sea level


 
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