MACROGLOSSUM SYLVIA Boisduval, [1875] -- Obscure hummingbird hawkmoth

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

TAXONOMY

Macroglossa sylvia Boisduval, [1875], in: Boisduval & Guenée, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid. Hétérocères) 1: 350. Type locality: [Indonesia:] Célèbes [Sulawesi Utara], Lake Tondano; [Indonesia: Maluku,] Ternate.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 60--66mm.


Adult Macroglossum sylvia in flight, Taiwan. Photo: © Henry Tzuoo. Adult Macroglossum sylvia in flight, Taiwan. Photo: © Henry Tzuoo.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 22.viii (Yunnan); 18.x (Hong Kong).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Yunnan (Simao/Pu'er); Guangdong; Hong Kong (Lantau Island) - only recorded once (Kendrick, 2010).

Taiwan.


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, southern China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sarawak, Sabah), Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku), the Philippines.


Global distribution of Macroglossum sylvia. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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