Simone Allard (2010-11-26)
I would like to know whether this species was named after Henry Walter Bates.
Felix Sperling (2010-11-27)
Yes, according to the etymology section for Phyciodes batesii written up in Bird et al. 1995 Alberta Butterflies, the species was named after THE Bates of Batesian mimicry. But I don''t know more than that.
Simone Allard (2010-11-28)
I appreciate your response! I do wish I knew whether Phyciodes batesii was named because it tried to mimic other Phyciodes species for some reason. Possibly to blend in with larger populations and not stand out?
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