MACROGLOSSUM AQUILA Boisduval, [1875]

Female Macroglossum aquila. Photo: © BMNH Male Macroglossum aquila. Photo: © BMNH

TAXONOMY

Macroglossa aquila Boisduval, [1875], in: Boisduval & Guenée, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid. Hétérocères) 1: 340. Type locality: [Bangladesh,] Silhet [Sylhet]; Cochinchina [Vietnam].

Synonym. Macroglossa interrupta Butler, 1875.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 49--54mm. Immediately distinguishable from all other species of Macroglossum by the costal edge of hindwing dilated into a rounded lobe in proximal half. Forewing upperside with antemedian lines placed more basally than in other species of Macroglossum.

In the male genitalia, uncus gradually narrowed, apically obtuse, slightly downcurved. Gnathos rounded apically. Valve with stridulatory scales. Harpe short, stout, upperside excavated, edges dentate, looking like a brush in lateral view. Aedeagus with a patch of teeth near the base of the apical process, which is slender, denticulate basally, along its proximal edge and at the apex, which is obtuse.


Mudpuddling adult Macroglossum aquila, Bintulu Div., Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: © Leong Tzi Ming Mudpuddling adult Macroglossum aquila, Bintulu Div., Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: © Leong Tzi Ming

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Guangdong; Guangxi (Guilin; Longsheng); Hainan (Wanning).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Northeastern India, Bangladesh, Thailand, southern China, Vietnam, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sarawak), Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan), Philippines (Luzon).


Global distribution of Macroglossum aquila. Map: © BMNH.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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