AMBULYX INTERPLACIDA Brechlin, 2006

Male Ambulyx interplacida, Nanling Shan, Hunan, China. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin Male Ambulyx interplacida (underside), Nanling Shan, Hunan, China. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin

TAXONOMY

Ambulyx interplacida Brechlin, 2006, Nachr. entomol. Ver. Apollo, N.F. 27(3): 103. Type locality: China, Jiangxi, Wuyi Shan, Xipaihe village, 1500m (27°54'N, 117°20'E).

Synonym. Ambulyx amara Kobayashi, Wang & Yano, 2006.

Synonym. Ambulyx pseudoregia Eitschberger & Bergmann, 2006.

Synonym. Ambulyx regia Eitschberger, 2006.

Note. The female allotype of Ambulyx regia has been found to be a female of Ambulyx sericeipennis sericeipennis Butler, 1875 (Brechlin, 2014c).


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 112-120mm. Similar to Ambulyx semiplacida Inoue, 1990, but forewing uppersides without the violet tinge of that species. The wing undersides are noticably more reddish than in Ambulyx semiplacida. There are also distinct differences in the male genitalia between these two species.


ADULT BIOLOGY

Unknown.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 15.iv-1.v (Hunan); vi (Jiangxi; Guangdong); vii (Jiangxi).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hunan (Nanling Shan, 1300-1500m); Jiangxi (Wuyi Shan, 1500-1800m; Le'an); Guangdong (Nanling National Forest Park, 1100m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

So far, only known from southeastern China (Jiangxi and Hunan).


Regional distribution of Ambulyx interplacida. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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