Agrias Butterflies: The Gems of the Insect World
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Our Mission Statement
The genus Agrias, in the minds of the authors, are the true gems of the insect world. The creation of this site is to share with other collectors and, indeed, the world at large the incomparable beauty of the natural world as evidenced through these magnificent butterflies. The specimens on display, with a very few exceptions, are from the Robert E. Aronheim collection put together over thirty five years and subsequently donated to the Smithsonian Museum. We hope that and encourage other collectors to send photos from their own collection so that we can update this site periodically. Of course, full credit will be given to contributors.
The authors wish to make it unequivocally clear that they are keen, enthusiastic amateurs and in no way purport to represent this endeavor as anything other than what it is: a pictorial display for those who visit our web site.
Manfred Spaeth, a fine Agrias collector, has recently published a wonderful book on Agrias revising the genus. He may be right, but we have elected to use the long accepted nomenclature by Rebilliard and beautifully illustrated in Paul Barselou's wonderful classic book2. The reason for this is that most specimens in museums and private collections today are identified using Rebilliard. We have, like Spaeth, with some exceptions, identified the specimens only to the subspecific level because this is the format used by museums. While there are hundreds of forms described in literature, the authors believe that most represent variations of specific species, for the Agrias genus is one of tremendous variability.
The authors feel that the correct nomenclature is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill when describing Russia, a mystery wrapped up in a puzzle wrapped up in an enigma. There may never be a solution for the following reasons:
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