AMPELOPHAGA THOMASI Cadiou & Kitching, 1998 -- Thomas' vine hawkmoth

Male Ampelophaga thomasi, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, 1900m, 29.vi.1987 [HOLOTYPE]. Photo: © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK).

TAXONOMY

Ampelophaga thomasi Cadiou & Kitching, 1998, Lambillionea 98: 353. Type locality: India, West Bengal, Darjeeling [Darling], about 8km from 3 Miles Village on road to Mangpu, 1900m.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 80--90mm.


ADULT BIOLOGY

At about 2400m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 3-7.vii (Lhunze, Xizang/Tibet; Zhangmu, Xizang/Tibet).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown..


PARASITOIDS


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Xizang/Tibet (Zhari Town, nr. Lhunze; Zhangmu, Nyalam County).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Nepal, northern India (Sikkim, northern West Bengal), and just into the tropical Tibetan border towns of Zhangmu and Zhari.


Global distribution of Ampelophaga thomasi. Map: © Tony Pittaway.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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