ANAMBULYX ELWESI (Druce, 1882) -- Elwes' pink-and-green hawkmoth

Fresh female Anambulyx elwesi. Photo: © BMNH Faded male Anambulyx elwesi. Photo: © BMNH

TAXONOMY

Ambulyx elwesi Druce, 1882, Entomologist's mon. Mag. 19: 17. Type locality: [India, West Bengal,] Darjiling [Darling].

Synonym. Ambulyx elwesi Druce, 1882.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 100mm. Superficially similar to a very dark Callambulyx rubricosa rubricosa but differing markedly in genital and other morphology. Frenulum present but reduced in length; retinaculum absent. Subapical pair of hindtibial spurs absent. Forewing upperside with distal two-thirds dark and proximal one-third green (turning brown in a humid atmosphere) and much paler. Hindwing upperside with deep pink basal area and a dark, almost black distal two-thirds in which a narrow lunate purple patch is discernible.


Male Anambulyx elwesi, Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28.v.2006, 1000m. Photo: © Thomas Ihle.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

In Thailand, May to July at 700-1000m altitude.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Yunnan.


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Northern Pakistan (Rafi et al., 2014), northern India, Nepal, southwestern China, Burma/Myanmar, northern Thailand and northern Vietnam.


Global distribution of Anambulyx elwesi. Map: © BMNH.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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