HYLES SALANGENSIS (Ebert, 1969)

GB: Salang Hawkmoth

Celerio salangensis Ebert, 1969, Reichenbachia 12: 47--48.

Type locality: Salang Pass, eastern Afghanistan.


BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; western Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Unknown -- its present-day distribution suggests an origin within the Afghan secondary centre in the Turkestan refuge.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Male Hyles salangensis, Salang Pass, Afghanistan.

Wingspan: 55--70mm. Although it resembles a dark hybrid between Hyles hippophaes (Esper, 1789) and Hyles euphorbiae (Linnaeus, 1758), the number of specimens caught over many years indicates that it is a valid species. Some specimens may resemble Hyles euphorbiae robertsi (Butler, 1880).


ADULT BIOLOGY

Little known. In the Salang Pass it flies at 2000--2700m.


FLIGHT-TIME

Early July.


EARLY STAGES

Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


DISTRIBUTION

Salang Pass, Afghanistan, and surrounding mountains.

Extra-limital range. None.


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