DAHIRA JITKAE Haxaire & Melichar, 2007

Male Dahira jitkae (upperside), Sichuan, China. Photo: © Jean Haxaire Male Dahira jitkae (underside), Sichuan, China. Photo: © Jean Haxaire

TAXONOMY

Dahira jitkae Haxaire & Melichar, 2007, European Entomologist 1(1): 20. Type locality: China, Sichuan, 10Km NW Miansi, 31°27'N 103°23'E, 1300m.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 50mm. Visually, very similar to the related species Dahira niphaphylla, but with markedly different male genitalia.

Male genitalia of Dahira jitkae, Sichuan, China. Photo: © Jean Haxaire

ADULT BIOLOGY

Occurs at around 1300m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 4-10.iv (Sichuan).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Sichuan (near Miansi).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to Sichuan Province, China.


Global distribution of Dahira jitkae. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

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



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