NEORIS CODYI (Peigler, 1996)

Saturnia codyi Peigler, 1996, Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 32: 8-9.

Type locality: Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province, Ghizar Mountains, Yasin.

(Taxonomic note. Some recent taxonomic works place this species in the genus Saturnia.)


BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; western Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Monocentric -- Sindian refuge.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan 110--116mm. A very distinct species, with the submarginal area of all four wings chocolate-brown. A band of similar colour runs across the eye-spots on both the upper- and undersides of each wing. The eye-spots themselves are smaller than in other species of Neoris, the wings proportionately more rounded and broader, and the median notch of the male valve is reduced.


Paratype male of Neoris codyi, 'Bulachi', Kashmir, Pakistan. Photo: © Ric Peigler

ADULT BIOLOGY

Found around 4000m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

Mid August to early September as one generation.


EARLY STAGES

Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


DISTRIBUTION

So far, known only from the Northwest Frontier Province and western Kashmir, Pakistan.

Extra-limital range. None.


OTHER SUBSPECIES

None.



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