DAHIRA KITCHINGI Brechlin, 2000

Female Dahira kitchingi, Taibai Shan, Shaanxi, China (Allotype). Photo: © Ronald Brechlin Male Dahira kitchingi, Taibai Shan, Shaanxi, China. HOLOTYPE. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin Male Dahira kitchingi, Gongga Shan, Sichuan, China. HOLOTYPE of Dahira plutenkoi. Photo: © Ronald Brechlin

TAXONOMY

Lepchina kitchingi Brechlin, 2000, Nachr. ent. Ver. Apollo (N.F.) 21: 145. Type locality: China, Shaanxi, south Tai bai shan-Mts [south Taibai Shan], "Tsinling-Mts. [Quinling Shan]" [Qinling Shan], Houzhenzi, 33°08'N 107°44'E, 2200m.

Synonym. Lepchina kitchingi Brechlin, 2000.

Synonym. Lepchina plutenkoi Brechlin, 2002, Nachr. ent. Ver. Apollo (N.F.) 22: 231. Type locality: China, Sichuan, Gongga Shan, 29°41'N 101°58'E, 2600-3200m.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

A small species which is variable in the colour and shape of the forewings, which have variably cut outer margins. The genitalia and mtDNA barcodes of the darker populations from Sichuan, described by Brechlin (2002) as Lepchina plutenkoi, confirm it to be Dahira kitchingi. That the specimens from Sichuan came from a higher altitude than the type series of D. kitchingi may explain their darker colour and the slight phenotypic differences between the two populations (Haxaire, Melichar & Manjunatha, 2021).


ADULT BIOLOGY

Occurs at between 1600 and 3200m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 24.iv-15.v (Sichuan); v-vi (Shaanxi); 21.vi.2015 (Sichuan).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Shaanxi (Taibai Shan, Houzhenzi, 1600-2200m); Sichuan (Gongga Shan; Dujiangyan, 1800m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to south-central China.


Global distribution of Dahira kitchingi. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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