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Butterflies and Other Insects (French Feves)

Started by bmathison1972, February 02, 2017, 01:30:20 AM

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bmathison1972

An overview of some butterfly figurines as French Feves!

After recently reading about a porcelain French feve figure on the DTB, I decided to investigate and see if I could find insects in this medium. As it turns out there are a lot of butterflies (and a few moths)! I do not know the exact manufacturer of any of these, unfortunately, but I figured the Reviews section was still the best place to highlight them.

Feves (there is an accent there but I haven't figured out how to make them yet...) are French porcelain figurines designed to be put into Mardi Gras epiphany cakes! They are quite small (the butterflies below are 2-3 cm across their widest points) and quite charming. Some are more realistic than others. Nearly all appear to be clearly modeled after actual species.

I bought some belonging to three different sets. No idea if these are complete or not. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are new species for my insect collection.

Set 1:
These are more realistic of all those shown here. They depict lepidopterans from all over the world! Four of them are new species for me. When I first saw the set online, I attempted to apply species names based on the pic. When the figures arrived today, they actually had the Latin or French names on the underside and I was happy I had them all correct, except for #10 which I initially didn't have a clue on.

1. blue pansy, Junonia orithya*
2. scarce bamboo page, Philaethria dido*
3. common postman, Heliconius melpomene*
4. cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia
5. Old World swallowtail, Papilio machaon
6. paper kite, Idea leuconoe
7. monarch, Danaus plexippus
8. common blue morpho, Morpho peleides (although this is the coloration of the underside!)
9. European peacock, Aglais io
10. blue peacock, Papilio arcturus* (could this be the unknown swallowtail in the Steal Street set?)

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Set 2:
These figures all have their French names painted on the bases (which is good, because it made identifying them easier—they are not as realistic as the previous batch!). All of them represent European (and presumably, French) species, which is nice to get a geographically-specialized set! The French names below are what is printed on the figures, I supply their English and Latin names. Three of them are new species for me.

1. La Goutte de sang (cinnabar moth, Tyria jacobaeae)*
2. Le Bronze (small copper, Lycaena phlaeas)
3. Le Monarque (monarch, Danaus plexippus)
4. Le Citron (common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni)
5. Le Robert-le-Diable (comma, Polygonia c-album)*
6. L' Azure Commun (common blue, Polyommatus icarus)*
7. Le Demi-Deuil (marbled white, Melanargia galathea)
8. Le Grande Apollon (mountain Apollo, Parnassius apollo)
9. Le Peon de jour (European peacock, Aglais io)
10. Le Grand Porte-Queue (Old World Swallowtail, Papilio machaon)

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Set 3:
There are two here and they are probably part of a larger set.

1. European peacock, Aglais io
2. Cypris morpho, Morpho cypris

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bmathison1972

I recently acquired a set of eight grasshopper French feves. These are not marketed as exact species, but so far I can put tentative names on four of them: Phymateus morbillosus, Poekilocerus pictus, Aularches miliaris, and a Taeniopoda nymph. Others might be influenced by Melanoplus or Schistocerca.


bmathison1972

More butterflies. These came with French names, and some folks on STS has helped me confirm IDs based on French translations (a couple are too generic):
left to right, top to bottom:

1. Le Polygone, satyr comma, Polygonia satyrus
2. Le noctuelle, Erebidae, gen. sp.[noctuelle is apparently a generic term for noctuid moths, Erebidae, formerly in Noctuidae]
3. l'Argus vert, green hairstreak, Callophyrus rubi
4. Le cuivre, copper butterfly, Lycaeninae, gen. sp. [form does not fit for lycaenids, however]
5. L'exotique, ?
6. Le maculinea, Alcon blue, Phengaris alcon
7. Le tigre, Canadian swallowtail, Papilio canadensis
8. L'azure, common blue, Polyommatus icarus
9. Le paon de nuit, small emperor moth, Saturnia pavonia [this figure is a good size for for the Kaiyodo Souvenirs Entomologiques figures!]
10. Le Coliade, orange sulfur, Colias eurytheme



And some ants:


Isidro

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM
3. l'Argus vert, green hairstreak, Callophyrus rubi
4. Le cuivre, copper butterfly, Lycaeninae, gen. sp. [form does not fit for lycaenids, however]
5. L'exotique, ?
8. L'azure, common blue, Polyommatus icarus

Disguised with these French names, but clearly inspired by very different butterflies... Ornithoptera priamus, a Charaxinae, a Saturniidae and another Ornithoptera, kinda victoriae-type

bmathison1972

Quote from: Isidro on June 06, 2018, 06:06:49 PM
Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM
3. l'Argus vert, green hairstreak, Callophyrus rubi
4. Le cuivre, copper butterfly, Lycaeninae, gen. sp. [form does not fit for lycaenids, however]
5. L'exotique, ?
8. L'azure, common blue, Polyommatus icarus

Disguised with these French names, but clearly inspired by very different butterflies... Ornithoptera priamus, a Charaxinae, a Saturniidae and another Ornithoptera, kinda victoriae-type

yes the French assignments for this set were baffling.

bmathison1972

Got some more feves, but this set is more taxonomically diverse.

French names are as follows on the underside, from left to right, back to front:

1. le Scarabee (a scarab of sorts)
2. le Hoplie bleue (Hoplia coerulea?)
3. le Libellule (a bluet damselfly)
4. le Paon du jour (Aglais io)
5. l'Ascalaphie (an owlfly!!!!!!)
6. la sauterelle (tettigoniid, although it looks like a basic green grasshopper)
7. la coccinelle (Coccinella septempunctata)
8. la cigale (cicada)
9. la criquet ('cricket' but again a generic grasshopper)
10. le Jason (Charaxes jasius)


Isidro

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM
2. le Hoplie bleue (Hoplia coerulea?)
So nice that one of my mooooost favourite European insects has been made into figurine!

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM3. le Libellule (a bluet damselfly)
More precisely a Calopteryx virgo male :-)

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM5. l'Ascalaphie (an owlfly!!!!!!)
My second favourite family of insects ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it! The species is Libelloides coccajus, both by being French (we in Spain have a number of species in the genus, but only this one live in the colder France) as by being accurate and recognizable as this species.

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM6. la sauterelle (tettigoniid, although it looks like a basic green grasshopper)
Maybe it pretends to be generic, but a green micropterous grasshopper with reddish wingpads and this shape, pretending to represent a French species... can't be nothing more than Euthystira brachyptera!

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM8. la cigale (cicada)
Given the red veins I would guess that it represents Tibicina haematodes, tough some species of Cicadetta can be similar too :)

Quote from: bmathison1972 on January 24, 2019, 02:48:02 AM9. la criquet ('cricket' but again a generic grasshopper)
Certainly generic, but the only French species that I can thing that sometimes presents itself in a rare lilac colour morph, it's Stenobothrus lineatus :)

bmathison1972

#7
Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed these @Isidro ! I was also super excited, and finally bought these, BECAUSE of the ascalaphid! It is only my fourth neuropteroid!!!!
Given these are French-made, going with French/southern European species makes most sense.

Beetle guy

#8
Nice!
To beetle or not to beetle.

Beetle guy

#9
I think, almost sure numbver 1 is Chrysolina coerulans, la chrysomèle bleuâtre. Very common in France, Belgium and Netherlands.
If it has to be a scarab strictly, I would go for a blue colour morph Cetonia aurata aurata.
To beetle or not to beetle.

Isidro

No, Chrysolina coerulans is completely blue. And it's not "very common" I think :P I only saw once in life (in German Alps). However, your hint on Chrysomelidae is very appropiate I think. Seeing this figure I tought in a species of Oreina.

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Isidro

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM3. l'Argus vert, green hairstreak, Callophyrus rubi
Clearly it's Ornithoptera priamus undoubtely ;)

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM4. Le cuivre, copper butterfly, Lycaeninae, gen. sp. [form does not fit for lycaenids, however]
A Nymphalidae for sure, maybe Charaxes sp.

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM5. L'exotique, ?
A generic Saturniidae

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM8. L'azure, common blue, Polyommatus icarus
Again an Ornithoptera undoubtely. Maybe O. victoriae

Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 18, 2017, 11:50:02 PM9. Le paon de nuit, small emperor moth, Saturnia pavonia [this figure is a good size for for the Kaiyodo Souvenirs Entomologiques figures!]

It's Eochroa trimeni :)


Beetle guy

#12
Chrysolina coerulans has many individuals with lots of green. They are common over here. In google (looking at some serious websites) there are various pic's of a green one with blue stripe (Chrysolina coerulans coerulans)

Here for instance.
https://www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enXCompare.cgi?ID=f3d3088d66
To beetle or not to beetle.

Isidro

Oh, great! I was unaware of these colour morphs! Thanks for the link! :)

Beetle guy

Quote from: Isidro on January 25, 2019, 09:11:18 PM
Oh, great! I was unaware of these colour morphs! Thanks for the link! :)

In my garden (Netherlands) I only have spotted the completely blue ones though!
To beetle or not to beetle.