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Argyrophorus Blanchard 1852

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Pronophilina


Argyrophorus argenteus is the spectacular "silver satyr" of central Chile, the males of which possess metallic scales on their dorsal surface that make them flash like polished metal. They are extremely difficult to capture, flying rapidly and diving into clumps of bunch grass (the likely larval hostplant). A. blanchardi and the other two undescribed species are from remote Andean regions.


Lamas, G. (ed.) 2004 Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

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Scientific Name Argyrophorus argenteus
Location Chile: Valparaiso, 12 km. NE Los Andes
Creator Jess Matz
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By A. V. Z. Brower
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Collection Oregon State Arthropod Collection
Collector Harold E. Rice
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