New South American butterfly species named for Andy Warren

Researchers have discovered a common butterfly genus from South America previously believed to contain just three species actually has 12.

The international team studying the butterfly genus Zischkaia named one of the nine new species after Andy Warren, senior collections manager of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

Warren, a skipper expert, has named a number of new butterfly species, including those after the Field Museum’s Emily Graslie and Lepidoptera expert Thomas Emmel, the McGuire Center’s founding director who died in May 2018.

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Pictured above: Zischkaia warreni, in Paraná, Brazil, taken by Andy Warren