LAOTHOE WITTI Eitschberger, Danner & Surholt, 1998

GB: Afghan Poplar Hawkmoth

Laothoe philerema witti Eitschberger, Danner & Surholt, 1998, Herbipoliana 4(1): 123--124, pl. 9.

Type locality: Paghman, 30km NW Kabul, 2100m, [Afghanistan].

(Taxonomic note. The DNA barcodes of this species differ significantly from those of Laothoe philerema, enough to indicate that it is a good species.)


BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; western Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Monocentric -- southern Turkestan refuge.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 120--140mm. Very similar to Laothoe philerema in appearance, but significantly larger. Like that species, it resembles a very pale, poorly marked Laothoe populi populi, but with the rust-red hindwing patch of that species vestigial or absent.


ADULT BIOLOGY

Around Kabul, Afghanistan, it occurs at between 1800 and 2500m altitude (Danner, Eitschberger & Surholt, 1998).


FLIGHT-TIME

Adults have been captured in July.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

None recorded.


DISTRIBUTION

So far, only known from eastern Afghanistan (Ebert, 1969; Daniel, 1971).


Global distribution of Laothoe witti. Map: © Tony Pittaway.

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