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Research based publications on butterflies and moths by Peter Smetacek
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Research based publications on butterflies and moths by Peter Smetacek

1987. A new type of mimicry in butterflies. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 83: 471.

1992. Record of Plebejus eversmanni (Staudinger) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc.89: 385 – 386.

1993. Catopsilia pomona Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) at high elevation in the Uttar Pradesh Himalaya. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 90: 303 – 304.

1993: Neptis cartica Moore (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the Uttar Pradesh Himalaya.J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 90: 527 – 528.

1994. An annotated list of the Hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) of Kumaon, N. India: a probable case of faunal drift. Records Zool. Survey of India, Occasional Paper 156: 1 – 55.

1995. A new altitudinal and range record for the Copper Flash butterfly Rapala pheretimus Hewitson (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 92:127 – 128.

1997. Pieris brassicae L. (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in Delhi. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc.94:584 – 585.

1997. The Notodontid moth Cyphanta chortochlora Hampson in Kumaon, N. India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 94: 585.

1997. Record of a diurnal moth Callidula erycinoides Walker (Lepidoptera: Callidulidae) from the W. Himalaya. Indian Journ. Biodiversity 1(1);

1998. On an unusual Endoclyta (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) from Kumaon, in the N.W. Himalaya, India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 95:136 – 137.

1999. Notes on species of Phalera moths from the Kumaon Himalaya (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Notodontidae). Bionotes1(1): 8 – 10.

1999. The distribution and ecology of Polyura agraria Swinhoe (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 96: 487 – 488.

2000. (with Rajani Smetaček) A supplementary list of the host plants of Indian Lepidoptera. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 97: 157 – 160.

2001. Forms of Danaus chrysippus L. (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the Kumaon Himalaya, India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 98: 131 – 132.

2001. Resolution of the controversial western limit of the range of Delias acalis Godart (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 98: 298 – 300.

2002. Individual variation and sexual dimorphism in Thamnoecha uniformis (Butler) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 99: 26 – 29.

2002. The genus Pontia Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in the Kumaon Himalaya. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 99: 224 – 231.

2002. Notes on new records of Hooktip moths (Lepidoptera: Drepanidae) from the Kumaon and Garhwal Himalaya. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 99: 446 – 454.

2004. On the occurrence of Marumba cristata Butler (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 101: 171 – 172.

2004. Pleurona falcata Walker, an addition to the Noctuid fauna of the Indian mainland. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc.101: 172 – 173.

2004. The genus Corymica Walker (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in the Kumaon Himalaya with the description of a new form of C. deducata caustolomaria Moore. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 101: 173 – 176.

2004: Taxonomic comments on Lepidoptera reported recently in Bionotes. Bionotes 6(3): 72.

2004. Descriptions of new Lepidoptera from the Kumaon Himalaya. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 101: 269 – 276.

2005. On the taxonomy and appearance of Mixolophia ochrolauta Warren in the Kumaon Himalaya. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 102: 130 – 131.

2005. The Epipleminae (Lepidoptera: Uraniidae) of the Kumaon Himalaya. (italics:-) J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 102: 186 -194.

2006. Some distasteful Asian Papilioninae (Papilionidae). J. Lep. Soc. 60(2): 82 - 85

Note : Any of the papers reproduced on this website can be quoted from/reprinted with permission from the author.


IN PRESS (February 2006)

Batesian mimic butterflies taken in by their models and the mimetic status of Argyreus hyperbius L. (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc.

Motion camouflage and spinning wheels. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc.

How wild monkeys eat large hawkmoths and beetles. News Lep. Soc.

The aggressive defence mechanism of a Himalayan moth. News Lep. Soc.

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Reference Collection Of Indian Lepidoptera

We have a reference collection of Lepidoptera and random samples of other insect Orders. The majority of specimens are from the western Himalaya, especially the outer ranges. There are small complements of butterflies from southern India and the eastern Himalaya.
The collection includes 70 type specimens and para-types of moths and butterflies from the western Himalaya. The number is expected to increase to over 200 as further new taxa already present in the collection are described. The collection is strong in butterflies and Geometridae, Uraniidae, Lymantridae, Notodontidae, Noctuidae, Arctiidae and also smaller families such as Hepialidae, Bombycidae, Cymatophoridae, Zygaenidae, Lasiocampidae, etc.

Identification Services For Lepidoptera

We identify specimens of Indian Lepidoptera to the sub-specific level. While in most butterflies, a photograph of the specimen(s) is sufficient, in moths and some groups of butterflies, specimens are necessary, in order to permit genitalic examination, if necessary.

A fee of Indian Rs.100/- or US$ 5/- is charged for identification per species (not specimen). For information on habitat, periodicity, ecology, etc, a similar additional sum is charged.

Research Services For Lepidoptera

We offer a unique service for researchers and research institutions. In the event that there is a requirement for unpublished information on any aspect of particular Indian Lepidoptera, we are competent to discover these aspects and communicate them to the researcher/ research institution. Thus, reliable results can be obtained by proxy. This is especially relevant for researchers stationed outside India who are working on widespread Old World taxa. If the species concerned is listed in any of the Schedules of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, we shall proceed in the matter only after appropriate permission is procured from the Indian authorities by the concerned researcher/ research institution.

Research Tours

It often happens that specialists wish to locate particular species or groups of interest to them. However, with the deteriorating condition of the environment, it is not always easy to locate the objects of interest. We undertake to guide such researchers to the specific object of interest throughout India, as well as make local arrangements for their stay, field trips, etc.


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