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Thecla phoenissa, ♂, from original description.


Taxonavigation: Papilionoidea 

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
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Divisio: Eulepidoptera
Sectio: Ditrysia
Subsectio: Apoditrysia
Clade: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Lycaenidae
Subfamilia: Theclinae
Tribus: Eumaeini
Genus: Michaelus
Species: (6)
M. hecate – M. ira – M. jebus – M. joseph – M. phoenissa – M. thordesa


Michaelus Nicolay, 1979.

Type Species: Thecla phoenissa Hewitson, [1867]: 100, pl.40, figs 139,140.


  • Hewitson, W.C. 1863–1878. Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae. London, van Vorst, x + 229 pp, 107 pls. Text, plates. Reference page
  • Nicolay, 1979. Studies in the genera of American Hairstreaks. 5. A review of the Hubnerian genus Parrhasius and description of a new genus Michaelus (Lycaenidae: Eumaeini). Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 56: 1–52. Reference page