ACOSMERYX SHERVILLII Boisduval, [1875] -- Dull forest hawkmoth

Female Acosmeryx shervillii. Photo: © NHMUK Female Acosmeryx shervillii. Photo: © NHMUK Male Acosmeryx shervillii. Photo: © NHMUK Male Acosmeryx shervillii. Photo: © NHMUK

TAXONOMY

Acosmeryx shervillii Boisduval, [1875], in: Boisduval & Guenée, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid. Hétérocères), 1: 217. Type locality: [India, West Bengal,] Darjeeling [Darling].

Synonym. Acosmeryx cinerea Butler, 1875.

Synonym. Acosmeryx miskini brooksi Clark, 1922.

Synonym. Acosmeryx socrates obliqua Dupont, 1941.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Adult Acosmeryx shervillii, Thailand. Photo: © Ian Kitching Adult Acosmeryx shervillii, Bukit Fraser, Malaysia. Photo: © CheongWeei Gan.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

China: iii-x (Hong Kong); 10.iii (Yunnan); 15.iv (Yunnan); v (Yunnan); vi-vii (Hainan); viii (Fujian; Yunnan); ix (Shaanxi).

Kendrick (2002) states that this common species is tri- or multivoltine in Hong Kong, occurring from early March until early October.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM:

LARVA:

PUPA:

Larval hostplants. Dillenia, Vitis, Cayratia, Cissus and Leea (Inoue, Kennett & Kitching, [1996] 1997).


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Shaanxi (Xunyang, 1380m); Yunnan (Changning County, Songzhishanding, 2800m; Mengla County, Mt. Leigongyan, 2000m; Baoshan, 1540m; Simao/Pu'er; Gaoligong Shan); Fujian (Guangze, 1200m); Hong Kong; Hainan (Wenchang; ??Youboi).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, central and southern China, Vietnam, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sarawak), Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan).


Global distribution of Acosmeryx shervillii. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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