CRASPEDORTHA MONTANA Cadiou, 2000

Male Craspedortha montana (upperside). Photo: © Jean Haxaire Male Craspedortha montana (underside). Photo: © Jean Haxaire

TAXONOMY

Craspedortha montana Cadiou, 2000, Ent. Africana 5: 38. Type locality: China, Yunnan, Puer [Simao/Pu'er].


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Very similar to Craspedortha porphyria porphyria but immediately distinguishable by the orange-red patches on the undersides of the wings and body.

In the male, forewing upperside similar to C. porphyria porphyria but generally darker; lighter areas with a bluish shade (absent in C. porphyria porphyria); basal area as dark as discal area (paler in C. porphyria porphyria); basal edge of dark pentagonal discal patch less oblique, not reaching the costa at right angles. Forewing underside with a conspicuous orange spot near the tornus (absent in C. porphyria porphyria); postmedian pale line single (double in forewing underside, with a conspicuous orange spot near the tornus (absent in C. porphyria porphyria).

Hindwing underside with a conspicuous orange-red patch between CuA1 and 1A (absent in C. porphyria porphyria); basalmost of median lines touching the cell (more distal and not touching the cell in forewing underside, with a conspicuous orange spot near the tornus (absent in C. porphyria porphyria)).

In the male genitalia, saccus angular, trough-shaped. Harpe very broad, subquadrangular. Apex of aedeagus with a long recurved hook, slightly serrate apically. Vesica with two broad lobes lacking cornuti.


Female Craspedortha montana, Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2.ii.2006, 1400m. Photo: © Thomas Ihle. Male adult Craspedortha montana, Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 23.vii.2006, 1400m. Photo: © Thomas Ihle.

ADULT BIOLOGY

Unknown, except that it is found in forest above 1400m altitude; above 2000m at Simao/Pu'er, Yunnan..


FLIGHT-TIME

China: ix (Yunnan).

In northern Thailand, February and July/August at around 1400-1800m altitude.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Yunnan.


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

So far, only recorded from Yunnan, China, and northern Thailand.


Global distribution of Craspedortha montana. Map: © BMNH.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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