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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Hesperiidae
Subfamilia: Hesperiinae
Tribus: Megathymini
Genus: Agathymus
Species: A. alliae – A. aryxna – A. baueri – A. belli – A. carisbadensis – A. comstocki – A. dawsoni – A. diabloensis – A. escalantei – A. estelleae – A. evansi – A. fieldi – A. florenceae – A. gentryi – A. gilberti – A. hoffmanni – A. indecisa – A. judithae – A. juliae – A. mariae – A. micheneri – A. neumoegeni – A. polingi – A. remingtoni – A. rethon – A. ricei – A. rindgei – A. stephensi – A. tehuacanus

Agathymus Freeman, 1959

Type species: Megathymus neumoegeni Edwards, 1882

GIANT-SKIPPER, ARIZONA (Agathymus aryxna) (10-17-13) base of lower humboldt cyn, patagonia mts, scc, az -03 (10335951346)

Agathymus aryxna


Freeman, 1959, Lepid. News 12(3/4): 82
Freeman, H.A. 1960. Notes on Agathymus in Texas, and the description of a new species from Mexico (Megathymidae). Journal Lepidop. Soc. 14(1): 58–62. PDF.
García Díaz, J. de J. & Turrent Carriles, A. 2020. Descripción de una nueva especie de Agathymus Freeman, 1959 (Hesperiidae: Megathymini), del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán, México. Revista de la Sociedad Mexicana de Lepidopterología 8(1): 24-34. ResearchGate Reference page.
Lamas, G. 2004. (ed.) Checklist: Part 4A. Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. In Heppner, J.B. (ed.) Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Vol. 5A. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera/Scientific Publishers, Gainesville. 439p. Reference page.
Li, W., Cong. Q., Shen, J.H., Zhang, J., Hallwachs, W., Janzen, D.H. & Grishin, N.V. 2019. Genomes of skipper butterflies reveal extensive convergence of wing patterns. PNAS 116(13): 6232–6237. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821304116. Text. SI Appendix. Reference page.
Stallings, D.B., Turner, J.R. & Stallings, V.N. 1966. Two new species and two new subspecies of Megathymidae from Mexico and the United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 20(3): 163–172. PDF. Reference page.

Agathymus is a genus of butterflies in the skipper family, Hesperiidae. They occur in the North American deserts. The genus was described by Hugh Avery Freeman in 1959. The larvae bore into the stems of agave plants.

These butterflies have been treated as members of the disputed skipper subfamily Megathyminae, but are also considered sufficiently distinct to be in their own family, Megathymidae, along with the genera Megathymus and Stallingsia.

species group unknown
Agathymus alliae (Stallings & Turner, 1957)
Agathymus aryxna (Dyar, 1905)
Agathymus belli (Freeman, 1955)
Agathymus carlsbadensis (Stallings & Turner, 1957)
Agathymus comstocki (Harbison, 1957)
Agathymus dawsoni Harbison, 1963
Agathymus diabloensis Freeman, 1962
Agathymus escalantei Stallings, Turner & Stallings, 1966
Agathymus estelleae (Stallings & Turner, 1958)
Agathymus evansi (Freeman, 1950)
Agathymus fieldi Freeman, 1960
Agathymus florenceae (Stallings & Turner, 1957)
Agathymus gentryi Roever, 1998
Agathymus gilberti Freeman, 1964
Agathymus hoffmanni (Freeman, 1952)
Agathymus indecisa (Butler & H. Druce, 1872)
Agathymus judithae (Stallings & Turner, 1957)
Agathymus mariae (Barnes & Benjamin, 1924)
Agathymus micheneri Stallings, Turner & Stallings, 1961
Agathymus neumoegeni (Edwards, 1882)
Agathymus polingi (Skinner, 1905)
Agathymus remingtoni (Stallings & Turner, 1958)
Agathymus rethon (Dyar, 1913)
Agathymus ricei Stallings, Turner & Stallings, 1966
Agathymus rindgei Freeman, 1964
Agathymus stephensi (Skinner, 1912)
The baueri species group
Agathymus baueri (Stallings & Turner, 1954)
Agathymus juliae (Stallings & Turner, 1958)


Freeman, 1959, Lepid. News 12 (3/4): 82
Freeman, H.A., 1960: Notes on Agathymus in Texas, and the description of a new species from Mexico (Megathymidae). Journal Lepidop. Soc. 14 (1): 58–62. Full article: [1][permanent dead link]
Lamas, Gerardo, 2004, Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part 4A; Hesperioidea-Papilionoidea.

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