ACOSMERYX CASTANEA Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Adult male Acosmeryx castanea. Photo: © NHMUK

TAXONOMY

Acosmeryx castanea Rothschild & Jordan, 1903, Novit. zool. 9 (suppl.): 531. Type locality: [Japan, Honshu, Kanagawa,] Yokohama.

Synonym. Acosmeryx castanea kuangtungensis Mell, 1922.

Synonym. Acosmeryx castanea conspicua Mell, 1922.

Synonym. Acosmeryx castanea distincta Clark, 1928.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 75--90mm. Wings less elongate than in Acosmeryx omissa, not dentate, or at most with vestigial teeth. Forewing upperside similar to that of Acosmeryx omissa; antemedian band more or less completely brown; oblique discal band with proximal edge more curved than in Acosmeryx omissa, extending distad between veins M2 and Cu1; first discal line almost as indistinct as in Acosmeryx omissa against the dark background, the bars between veins Cu1 and Cu2 of lines 3 and 4 not heavier than the others, nor closer together; subapical grey area sharply delimited at vein M2, as in Acosmeryx naga naga, not extending beyond this vein. Outer discal area of forewing and discal area of hindwing undersides a more reddish tawny than in Acosmeryx sericeus, and considerably more so than in Acosmeryx omissa. Forewing underside with grey costal scaling no more conspicuous than in Acosmeryx omissa; grey scaling within the distal marginal border diffuse, less distinct than in Acosmeryx omissa. Hindwing upperside less olive-grey than in either Acosmeryx omissa or Acosmeryx naga; discal area somewhat cinnamon-rufous along the distinctly marked, chestnut-olive, distal marginal band; a faint discal line present running from the costa to the hind angle. Body upperside chestnut brown, shaded with grey; dark markings of thorax and abdomen indistinct. Thorax underside olivaceous cinnamon-rufus. Abdomen underside ferruginous.

In the male genitalia, gnathos with lobes almost pointed. Harpe with process similar to that in Acosmeryx sericeus, the ventral edge dentate. Aedeagus more strongly and obliquely rounded than in the other species of Acosmeryx, the armature helmet-like. In the female genitalia, ostial plate transversely folded. Ostium free, subapical.


Resting Acosmeryx castanea, Taiwan. Photo: © Felix Lin. Resting Acosmeryx castanea, Jiucai Ling, Guizhou, China. Photo: © Viktor Sinjaev. Resting Acosmeryx castanea, Japan. Photo: © Kenichiro Nakao. Male Acosmeryx castanea, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Photo: © Tony Pittaway.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

China: iii-ix (Hong Kong); 31.v (Guangdong); vi (Zhejiang; Jiangxi; Hainan); vii (Jiangxi; Guizhou; Guangxi). Taiwan: iii-v (Kaohsiung Hsien); vi (Kaohsiung Hsien; Nantou Hsien); vii (Pingtung Hsien); ix (Hualien Hsien). Japan: 26.iv (Okinawa); 21.v (Honshu); 9.vi (Honshu); 21-24.vi (Ryukyu Archipelago); 16-29.vii (Honshu; Tsushima; Kyushu); viii (Honshu).

Kendrick (2002) states that it is multivoltine in Hong Kong, occurring from March until late September.

Park et al. (1999) give late June until mid August as the flight period in Korea, which is the same as for Japan.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Oval (1.09 x 1.29).

LARVA: Full-fed 70--76mm.


Third instar larva of Acosmeryx castanea on Cayratia japonica, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 11.ix.2016. Photo: © Tony Pittaway. Full-grown larva of Acosmeryx castanea on Cayratia japonica, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 12.ix.2016. Photo: © Tony Pittaway. Full-grown larva of Acosmeryx castanea. Image: Mell, 1922b

PUPA: 48--55mm. Passes the winter in a near fully-formed state, with the wing patterns of the moth clearly visible through the pupal cuticle.


Pupa of Acosmeryx castanea, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, September 2016. Photo: © Tony Pittaway. Pupa of Acosmeryx castanea, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, September 2016. Photo: © Tony Pittaway. Pupa of Acosmeryx castanea, Jade Emperor Hill, West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, September 2016. Photo: © Tony Pittaway. Pupa of Acosmeryx castanea. Image: Mell, 1922b Pupa of Acosmeryx castanea. Image: Mell, 1922b

Larval hostplants. Recorded in Korea on Ampelopsis brevipedunculata and Cayratia japonica, both Vitaceae (Park et al., 1999). The latter is also utilized around West Lake, Hangzhou, China (Pittaway, pers. obs. 2016).


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Anhui (Mt. Huang Shan); Zhejiang (Mogan Shan; Hangzhou); Sichuan (Kangding); Yunnan (Gaoligong Shan); south Xizang/Tibet (Mutu, Namjagbarwa region, 850m (Wang, 1988)); Guizhou (Jiucai Ling; Xinzhaidashan, Zhijin County, 1000-2000m); Hunan (Dayong); Jiangxi (Jiujiang; Tiancun, nr. Xingguo; Le'an); Fujian (Longqi Shan); Guangdong (Wanzishan, Deqing; Nanling National Forest Park, 1100m); Hong Kong (Shek Kong); Guangxi (Jiajiu Shan, Bamian; Dayao Shan); Hainan (Duowen Ling, nr Lingao; Longhushan, Wenchang City).

Taiwan: Nantou Hsien (Puli); Kaohsiung Hsien (Shanping, 640m; Liukuei); Pingtung Hsien (Kenting); Taipei Hsien (Fushan).

South Korea: North Cholla Prov. (Jiri-san); South Cholla Prov. (Yeon-do); South Kyongsang Prov. (Yeohang-san); Cheju Prov. (Cheju-do; Topyung; Youngsil; Ora-dong; Gwaneum Temple; Seoguipo; Bijarim; Andeok; Halla-san; Hare-ri; Donnaeko).

Japan: Hokkaido; Honshu (Kugenuma; Nii-jima; Tokei-ji; Tokyo; Yokohama); Shikoku; Kyushu (Nishinakama); Tsushima (Izuhara); Ryukyu Archipelago (Okinawa, Yonabaru; Oshima Island; Tokunoshima).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Eastern and southern China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.


Global distribution of Acosmeryx castanea. Map: © NHMUK.

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