heliconius by Massimo Demaio



H. timareta timareta—– (W.C. Hewitson, 1867)

forms: contiguus (G. Weymer, 1890), virgata (H.F.E.J. Stichel, 1902), insolita (H.H. Riffarth, 1907), richardi (H.H. Riffarth, 1900),
strandi (H. Neustetter, 1928), peregrina (H.F.E.J. Stichel, 1909)

MALE – Macas 1000m Morona Santiago Ecuador 8/2001
FEMALE – Apuya Napo Ecuador 5/1991
MALE – Rio Topo Tungurahua Prov. 2000m Ecuador 2/2008
f. contigua – Macas 1000m Morona Santiago Ecuador 9/2001
f. contigua x virgata – Dept. Tungurahua 1200-1700m, Ecuador 8/2001
f. virgata – Macas 1000m Morona Santiago Ecuador 8/2001
f. insolita – Tungurahua 1800m Ecuador 3/2007
f. insolita – Pichincha near Pacto 600-900m Ecuador 8/2013


near f. strandi, H&H Pl. 34 4C – MALE – Mera Pastaza Ecuador 10/2010
f. richardi – MALE – Pichincha – Pacto 600-900m Ecuador 8/2013
f. richardi – FEMALE – Dept. Tungurahua 1200-1700m, Ecuador


H. timareta timoratus?—– (G. Lamas, 1998)

f. undescribed – MALE – Zamora Chinchipe Pr. Cordillera del Condor Ecuador 12/2013
idem VERSO


Holzingers’ book, page 118: “In the upper valleys of the Rio Santiago drainages between Macas and Zamora occurs a still undescribed subspecies(Pl. 34, fig. 4a). in this subspecies the yellow fore-wing band is strongly reduced in width, situated completely outside the cell (Brown 1976, Holzinger & Brown 1982)”. In Holzinger & Brown 1982 this ssp is cited in the description of xanthocles zamora.
This coincides with those reported in Neil Rosser’s website: there are 5 blue triangles for n_ssp2 on the map, distributed between Zamora and Macas, and all referred to as “coleccion K. Brown 1979”.
This form flies in the same place of timoratus, so could coincide with it (see timareta timareta vs timareta strandi/richardi).
However, according also to J.C. Petit, timoratus could be a “fake” ssp, since the whole timareta situation in Ecuador and outside is not fully defined, except pehaps for the ‘postman’ forms.

H.timaretathelxinoe(Lamas & Mérot 2013) new ssp. page


florencia (Higgins, 2006)

tristero (Brower, 1996)

linaresi (Arias & Lamas, 2016)

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