AMBULYX ZHEJIANGENSIS Brechlin, 2009

Female Ambulyx zhejiangensis, Yu-Shan-Wu, Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China, 2-10.vi.1999 [HOLOTYPE]. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin. Female Ambulyx zhejiangensis, Yu-Shan-Wu, Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China, 2-10.vi.1999. Photo: © Jean Haxaire, leg. Tomas Melichar.

TAXONOMY

Ambulyx zhejiangensis Brechlin, 2009, Entomo-Satsphingia 2(2): 50. Type locality: China, Zhejian Province, Anji County, Yu-Shan-Wu.

Note. Specific status confirmed by DNA studies within the BOLD Project of the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Canada (BC-RBP 1787) (Brechlin, 2009).


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 106mm. Forewing elongate with a weakly falcate tip. Ground colour relatively homogeneous greyish-brown. Grey submarginal area evenly bowed. Basal and costal dark spots present, but small. Hindwings pale orange with a distinct dark margin and one bold transverse central bar. Rest of the orange area weakly or strongly spotted (Brechlin, 2009).


ADULT BIOLOGY

A montane species.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 2-10.vi (Zhejiang).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Shaanxi/Sichuan border (Daba Shan); Zhejiang (Yu-Shan-Wu, Tianmu Shan).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to eastern China (Zhejiang and along the Shaanxi/Sichuan border).


Global distribution of Ambulyx zhejiangensis. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; eastern Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Monocentric -- Sinopacific refugium.



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