AMPELOPHAGA RUBIGINOSA MYOSOTIS Kitching & Cadiou, 2000 -- Common vine hawkmoth

Female Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis. Photo: © NHMUK Male Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis. Photo: © NHMUK

TAXONOMY

Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, Hawkmoths of the world: 38, 205. Type locality: Formosa [Taiwan, Taipei Hsien,] Wulai.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 82--86mm. Similar to Ampelophaga rubiginosa rubiginosa but forewing pattern more uniform with a slight violet flush; the postmedian band never reaches the inner margin and the submarginal dentate line is only barely visible. Head, thorax and abdomen with a continuous, narrow white dorsal line extending only as far as abdominal tergite 2 (in Ampelophaga rubiginosa rubiginosa, this line reaches at least as far as abdominal tergite 7).


Resting Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis, Fushan Botanical Garden (700m), Ilan Hsien, Taiwan. Photo: © Shipher Wu. Resting Ampelophaga rubiginosa myosotis, Taiwan. Photo: © Felix Lin.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

Taiwan: iii-iv (Kaohsiung Hsien); vi (Taipei); viii (Nantou Hsien); ix (Taipei Hsien).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM:

LARVA:

PUPA:

Larval hostplants.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

Taiwan: Hualien Hsien (Taroko National Park); Taipei (Yangmingshan); Taipei Hsien (Wulai; Fushan); Nantou Hsien (Puli); Kaohsiung Hsien (Shanping, 640m); Ilan Hsien (Fushan Botanical Garden, 700m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to Taiwan.


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

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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