BUTTERFLIES OF SANGAY NATIONAL PARK (ECUADOR) - Jean-Claude PETIT
-The inventory of the butterflies of Sangay National Park will take many years.
Here are the results of ten trips on the field, from january 2006 to January 2012.
As for the publication of our findings, we take advantage of the Web:
- instead of double checking every bit of information as was necessary before printing,
- we shall make all data available on this site as soon as we get them, even though incomplete, particularly re. identification.
So they will be everybodyís data,
And so we need your help, of you who are familiar with the butterflies from Ecuador and from the Andes, because:
- our data are incomplete, there are butterflies that we could not identify, and obviously there will be mistakes in our work, so your comments will prove very helpful,
- and maybe you know of interesting butterflies that have been collected in the Park area? and these data would be priceless.
I am particularly grateful for guiding me through difficult groups, and identifying many specimens, to:
- Maurizio Bollino, for Papilionidae and Pieridae, and more particularly Catasticta and Leodonta that he is presently revising,
- Pierre Boyer, one of the very best experts on Andean butterflies and an outstanding fieldworker,
- Ernst Brockmann for Hesperiidae, and more precisely Pyrrhopygini, Eudaminae ans Dalla,
- Robert Busby and Christophe Faynel for Lycaenidae another incredibly complex family,
- Bernard Hermier for Hesperridae an extremely difficult group for which there is very little documentation,
- Tomasz Pyrcz, from Warsaw Jagžellonskiego University, for Pronophilini, a challenging group particularly important in Sangay NP, and for which he is the leading expert in the world
- Fabio Vitale, for Heliconiidae and, more important, Ithomiidae, another baffling group,
- et Keith R Willmott, who is about to publish a book on the Butterflies of Ecuador, and who is so kind as to share with us his amazing knowledge of the butterflies from this country.