Butterflies and Moths of the World Generic Names and their Type-species

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Idea Fabricius, 1807 , in Illiger. Mag. Insektenk. (Illiger) 6 : 283.

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio idea Linnaeus, 1763. In: Johansson, Centuria Insect. Rariorum : 22.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
See BHL scanned Type-species page: .

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Linnaeus, when describing the nominal species Papilio idea, added after his description the reference "Clerk t. 38 f. 1"; the plate here cited was published in vol. 2 of Clerck's Icones. The citation by Linnaeus of this reference has led many authors to attribute this name to Clerck and to treat the plate in the Icones as the place where the specific name idea was first published. This is incorrect, for the plate referred to above was not published until 1764, i.e. not until a year after it was referred to in the Amoen. acad. It is no matter for surprise that in 1763 Linnaeus should have cited this at that time unpublished plate, for it was at Linnaeus's request that Clerck undertook the preparation of the plates which later were published in the Icones. Indeed, in this matter Clerck was no more than the artist who prepared the plates in that work, even the names attributed in it to the species figured having been supplied to Clerck by Linnaeus.

IDEA was included within the subfamily NYMPHALIDAE: DANAINAE by Dugdale et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Idaea ; Oberthür, 1880: 485.
Nectaria Billberg, 1820: 76.

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