Hyles centralasiae

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Hyles centralasiae
Hyles centralasiae BMNHE271599 male up.jpg
Male
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Hyles
Species: H. centralasiae
Binomial name
Hyles centralasiae
(Staudinger, 1887)[1]
Synonyms
  • Deilephila centralasiae Staudinger, 1887
  • Celerio centralasiae transcaspica O. Bang-Haas, 1936

Hyles centralasiae is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found from eastern Turkey and Armenia east across northern Iraq, northern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, the mountainous areas of eastern Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and northern Xinjiang in China.

The wingspan is 60-75mm. It resembles a very pale Hyles euphorbiae euphorbiae, but the pale median stripe extends to the costa and is broken only twice, basally and centrally. The first segment of the foretarsus is also shorter, with fewer, longer spines.

The larvae have been recorded on the flower and seed heads of Eremurus in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. If this is the only foodplant, it cannot have a second generation on this hostplant, which flowers only in spring. However, adults have been captured in August and September, as well as July. Either such individuals belong to a generation doomed to perish without reproducing, they are part of a very late spring brood or there is another autumn-flowering foodplant.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-10-25. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Pittaway AR; Kitching I. "Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic". Tpittaway.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25.