RETHERA AMSELI Daniel, 1958

GB: Amsels' Hawkmoth

Rethera amseli Daniel, 1958, Beitr. naturk. Forsch. SuedwDtl. 17: 83--84.

Type locality: Herat, Afghanistan.


BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; western Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Monocentric -- eastern half of the Iranian refuge.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 34--43mm. Larger, with paler markings, than its close relative, Rethera brandti O. Bang-Haas, 1937, from which it is clearly separated by the distinct genitalia (Kernbach, 1959).


Female Rethera amseli, Herat, Afghanistan. PARATYPE.

ADULT BIOLOGY

Unknown.


FLIGHT-TIME

Univoltine; mid-April. In 2005 and 2008, individuals, which may be this species or Rethera brandti euteles Jordan, 1937, were collected in western Pakistan (Waziristan) between 28 July and 21 August (T. Melichar, pers. comm. 2013).


EARLY STAGES

Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


DISTRIBUTION

Rethera amseli was discovered near Herat (western Afghanistan) at the same time as Rethera afghanistana Daniel, 1958.

Individuals collected in western Pakistan (North Suleiman/Kesai Mountains, South Waziristan, near Tanai Village, 1500-2500m, 28.vii-12.viii.2005 & 17-21.viii.2008 (leg. V. Gurko, coll. Sphingidae museum of Czech Rep.)) may or may not be this species. The specimens resemble Rethera brandti euteles but are in poor condition.

Extra-limital range. None.


Global distribution of Rethera amseli. Map: © Tony Pittaway.

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