Butterflies Collected 60 Years Ago Turn Out to be a New Species

Butterflies collected decades ago are actually a new butterfly species.

Thomas Emmel originally collected 13 fawn-colored butterflies in the highlands of Mexico in 1959, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

His colleague Andrew Warren recognized the butterflies just this year as a new species.

“I pulled out that drawer and immediately thought, ‘That’s new,'” Warren said. “I went upstairs to Tom’s office and said, ‘Hey, what were you doing on March 26, 1959?’ Tom said, ‘Oh, well, it was a beautiful sunny morning. I was in the highlands of Chiapas.'”

He named the species Cyllopsis tomemmeli to honor Emmel, an internationally recognized butterfly expert.


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