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Astraptes fulgerator has been a well known species sin ce 1775, but a recent DNA barcoding effort conducted by the University of Guelph, Ontario, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the NMNH, Washington DC, has shown that, for the one and only Province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, we would have not one, but ten different species!


these species look identical, have no genitalic divergence, and could only be identified through DNA barcoding, however, they would have different food plants, and the caterpillars would be distinctive.


so, doubt persisting, and as long as we do not have results of our specimens DNA barcoding, we simply put on this form and on form 611, on the Individual Variation page, pictures of Astraptes fulgerator aggr.


the two purplish blue specimens come from San Isidro (they are the above figured female, and one male from the Individual Variation page).

Astraptes sp cerca de Pablo Sexto
Astraptes sp cerca de Puyo
Astraptes fulgerator a San Isidro
Astraptes fulgerator cerca de Pablo Sexto
Astraptes fulgerator cerca de Méndez
Astraptes sp cerca de Pablo Sexto
Astraptes fulgerator a San Isidro
Astraptes fulgerator al río Tutamangosa
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