A Hesperiid Hitch-hiker

Raymond Manuel


In the course of unpacking a suitcase upon my family's return to Montreal in September 1977, following a visit to Trinidad, I was pleasantly surprised to find a live caterpillar among the damp towels and bathsuits. It was promptly secured and placed in an environmental chamber (LD 16:8, 60% RH, 800 C). Pupation occurred the following day (September 16, 1977) and an adult Hesperiid butterfly emerged eleven days later (September 27, 1977). It turned out to be Pellicia bromias G. & S.

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