AMPELOPHAGA RUBIGINOSA LOHITA Kishida & Yano, 2001 -- Common vine hawkmoth

Adult male Ampelophaga rubiginosa lohita. Photo: © NHMUK

TAXONOMY

Amperophaga [sic] rubiginosa lohita Kishida & Yano, 2001, Trans. lepid. Soc. Japan 52: 278. Type locality: [Japan:] Kyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture, Yakushima I., Shiradani, Unsuikyo.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Forewing upperside similar to Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis but pattern of transverse lines and bands almost completely obscured by a general rusty-brown coloration. Dorsal line of abdomen extending to abdominal tergite 7, although increasingly faint posterior to tergite 4 (clearly extending to at least to tergite 7 in Ampelophaga rubiginosa rubiginosa and only as far as tergite 2 in Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis).


ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

Japan: 26.vii (Yakushima).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM:

LARVA:

PUPA:

Larval hostplants.


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

Japan: Kyushu (south); Ryukyu Archipelago (Yakushima).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to Japan.


Global distribution of Ampelophaga rubiginosa lohita. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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