POLYPTYCHUS CHINENSIS DRACONIS Rothschild & Jordan, 1916 -- Chinese crenulate hawkmoth

Male Polyptychus chinensis draconis. Photo: © NHMUK Male Polyptychus chinensis draconis, Heng Shan, Hunan, China. PARATYPE. Photo: © Ian Kitching, CMNH

TAXONOMY

Polyptychus draconis Rothschild & Jordan, 1916, Novit. zool. 23: 115. Type locality: [China,] "Thibet" [west Yunnan/Sichuan].


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION


ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 11.iv (Baoshan, Yunnan); v-vi (Sichuan); 23.vi (Hunan); vii (Guangxi); viii (Sichuan).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM:

LARVA:

PUPA:

Larval hostplants. Probably Ehretia dicksonii (Boraginaceae), the known host in Taiwan (ShenHorn Yen, pers. comm. 2012).


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hunan (Heng Shan, 900m); Sichuan (Danba; Guan Xian; Kangding); Yunnan (Weixi; Yanmen; Baoshan; Gaoligong Shan); Xizang/Tibet; Guangxi.


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Central to southwestern China.


Global distribution of Polyptychus chinensis draconis. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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