RHODOPRASINA VIKSINJAEVI Brechlin, 2004

Male Rhodoprasina viksinjaevi, Nankunshan, Guangdong, China. Photo: © Kishida & Wang, 2003.

TAXONOMY

Rhodoprasina viksinjaevi Brechlin, 2004, Arthropoda 12(3): 8. Type locality: China, Hunan, Nanling Shan, 1500m (24°54'N, 112°57'E).


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 82-100mm. Similar to R. corrigenda Cadiou & Kitching, 1996, from Thailand, but smaller and without the silvery sheen to the greenish forewings, which have a bluish tint instead. These are also shorter and more blunted apically. Hindwing pink basal area extending to the centre of the wing (Brechlin, 2005).


ADULT BIOLOGY

Little known. Males will come to light in large numbers between 19.00h and 03.00h. This is in distinct contrast to other members of the genus, which appear to fly for only a short period after dusk (Brechlin, 2005).


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 15-30.xi (Hunan); 6.xii (Guangdong).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown, but the related R. floralis (Butler) from northern India has been recorded from Acer campbelli (Aceraceae) (Fellowes-Manson, 1906).


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hunan (Nanling Shan); Guangdong (Nankunshan).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

So far, only known from southeastern China (Guangdong and Hunan).


Regional distribution of Rhodoprasina viksinjaevi. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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