SPHINX BHUTANA Brechlin, 2015 -- Bhutan Pine hawkmoth

Male Sphinx bhutana, 5km W Paro City, Paro Valley, Bhutan, 11-12.vii.2009, 2820m [HOLOTYPE]. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin. Male Sphinx bhutana, 5km W Paro City, Paro Valley, Bhutan, 11-12.vii.2009, 2820m [PARATYPE]. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin.

TAXONOMY

Sphinx bhutana Brechlin, 2015, Entomo-Satsphingia 8(1): 17. Type locality: Bhutan, Paro Valley, 5km W Paro City, 11-12.vii.2009, 2820m.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 72--75mm. Similar in size to Sphinx yunnana Brechlin, 2015, but larger than Sphinx oberthueri (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903), but with male genitalia similar to the latter.


Male genitalia of Sphinx bhutana, 5km W Paro City, Paro Valley, Bhutan, 11-12.vii.2009, 2820m. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin.

ADULT BIOLOGY


FLIGHT-TIME

China: As yet, not positively recorded.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: As yet, not positively recorded.


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to Bhutan (Brechlin, 2015).

Records in the Chinese literature of Sphinx caligineus sinicus (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903) from southeastern Xizang/Tibet (Mutu, Namjagbarwa region, 850m) (e.g. Zhang et al., 1986, pl. 1, fig. 3) are usually misidentifications of Sphinx oberthueri; however, there is the possibility that the individuals could be Sphinx bhutana Brechlin, 2015 (or Sphinx yunnana Brechlin, 2015).


BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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