SMERINTHULUS MIRABILIS ORIENTOSINICA (Brechlin, 2014) -- Variegated hawkmoth

Upperside of male Smerinthulus mirabilis orientosinica, Luokeshan, Huaiji County, Guangdong, China. HOLOTYPE. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin. Underside of male Smerinthulus mirabilis orientosinica, Luokeshan, Huaiji County, Guangdong, China. HOLOTYPE. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin.

TAXONOMY

Degmaptera mirabilis orientosinica Brechlin, 2014, Entomo-Satsphingia 7(2): 37. Type locality: China, Guangdong, Huaiji County, Luokeshan, 1500m.

Synonym. Degmaptera mirabilis orientosinica Brechlin, 2014.

Note. Weakly differentiated from the nominate subspecies, of which it may ony be a form.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 44--82mm.


ADULT BIOLOGY

Occurs at 1500-1800m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: iii.2006 (Hunan); 7.iv (Anhui); iv-vi.2004 (Jiangxi); v.2006 (Guangdong); vii.1983 (Fujian).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Anhui (She Tai); Hunan (Bamian Shan, 1800m); Jiangxi (Wuyi Shan, Xipaihe village, 1500m); Fujian (Wuishan Nature Reserve, Sangang); Guangdong (Huaiji County, Luokeshan Forest Park, 1500m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Southeastern China and, maybe, Taiwan.

(The above records from mainland China represent a considerable eastward extension of the previously known range for this species, which was Nepal, northeastern India and northern Thailand).


Global distribution of Smerinthulus mirabilis orientosinica. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; eastern Palaearctic region.



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