Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic

(including Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula and Japan)

by A. R. Pittaway & I. J. Kitching
(in association with Felix Lin)
Callambulyx kitchingi. Image: © Sandra Doyle, 2023. Sphingidae research at the Natural History Museum (London) Home page of The Hong Kong Lepidopterists Society

Systematic List

(Legend: * = misidentification; ?* = queried misidentification; ? = queried inclusion)

Coverage and sources

This work is a general account of the resident and migrant species and subspecies of Sphingidae that occur within the boundaries of China, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Central Siberia and the Russian Far East. A gazetteer and map of China is included and guidence notes on the site are given in the introduction.

The three main published sources of information for this web site were/are:

ZHU, H. F. [CHU, H. F.] & WANG, L. Y. (1997). Lepidoptera Sphingidae. Fauna Sinica (Insecta), 11: 1-410.

PITTAWAY, A. R. & KITCHING, I. J. (2000). Notes on selected species of hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) from China, Mongolia and the Korean Peninsula. Tinea, 16(3): 170-211.

KITCHING, I. J. (2019). Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory --- STI. London, UK: NHMUK.


A number of references were consulted in the preparation of this work; these are listed in the reference section. Additionally, this work would have been difficult to produce without the help received from a number of people. These are acknowledged in the acknowledgements section.

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Last updated on: 21 July 2024
Site created: 25 September 2000

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This reference can be quoted in publications as: Pittaway, A. R. & Kitching, I. J. (2024). Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic (including Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula and Japan). https://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/china.htm. [Site accessed: ]

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Ian Kitching
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