MACROGLOSSUM MEDIOVITTA Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Female Macroglossum mediovitta. Photo: © NHMUK Male Macroglossum mediovitta. Photo: © NHMUK

TAXONOMY

Macroglossum mediovitta Rothschild & Jordan, 1903, Novit. zool. 9 (suppl.): 620 (key), 626 (key), 647. Type locality: [Japan, Ryukyu Islands,] Okinawa.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Similar to Macroglossum heliophila, from which it differs in the following: forewings more elongate, distal margin less convex; hindwing distal border evenly convex, narrower; forewing upperside with proximal edge of antemedian band not distinct, the basal area being darker; very prominent pinkish-white median band, sharply defined, more oblique; first discal line well-marked, not elbowed anteriorly, forming the discal border of the white band; second scarcely visible, being obscured by the deep brown colouration; no sharply defined postmedian costal grey area; vein M1 not grey; subapical spot in cell Rs4 small; grey postdiscal line vestigial.


Feeding Macroglossum mediovitta, Japan. Photo: © Awoki Itzuzai.

ADULT BIOLOGY

Attracted to the flowers of Duranta erecta at dawn and dusk.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 11.viii-26.ix (Hong Kong). Japan: vii-ix (Ryukyu Archipelago).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM:

LARVA:


Full-grown larva of Macroglossum mediovitta, Neihu, Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo: © Shipher Wu. Full-grown larva of Macroglossum mediovitta, Neihu, Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo: © Shipher Wu.

PUPA:

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hong Kong.

Taiwan: Taipei Hsien (Fushan); Taipei (Neihu).

Japan: Ryukyu Archipelago (Okinawa, Nago).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

From southern Japan (Ryukyu Archipelago), Taiwan and southern China (Hong Kong) south through Thailand (?one specimen only), Malaysia (Peninsular, Sarawak) to Indonesia (Sumatra, Kalimantan).


Global distribution of Macroglossum mediovitta. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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