Hyles dahlii

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Hyles dahlii
Hyles dahlii.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Hyles
Species: H. dahlii
Binomial name
Hyles dahlii
(Geyer, 1828)[1]
Synonyms
  • Sphinx dahlii Geyer, [1828]
  • Sphinx dahlii Boisduval, 1828
  • Sphinx lutescens (Oberthür, 1904)
  • Sphinx praenubila (Schultz, 1907)
  • Sphinx infuscata (Turati, 1910)
  • Celerio euphorbiae balearica Rebel, 1926
  • Celerio cyanea (Gehlen, 1929)
  • Celerio mediofascia (Bytinski-Salz, 1937)

Hyles dahlii is a moth of the family Sphingidae.

Distribution[edit]

It is found on Corsica, Sardinia and the Balearic Islands. On rare occasions it is found on Sicily and along the north-eastern coast of Spain. It was introduced to Tunisia in the mid 1980s.

On Menorca, the Hyles dahlii population consists of a hybrid with Hyles euphorbiae. Due to this hybridisation, only few characteristics of Hyles dahlii are present in the imago. There is also hybridisation on Malta. Here it is a hybrid between Hyles dahlii and Hyles tithymali. Research suggests that Hyles dahlii is in fact a species which evolved from Hyles tithymali through isolation.[2]

Description[edit]

The wingspan is 65–85 mm.

Biology[edit]

Adults are on wing from May to June and from August to September in two generations. The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, including Euphorbia paralias, Euphorbia myrsinites, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia dendroides, Euphorbia pithyusa, Euphorbia pinea and Euphorbia terracina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  2. ^ A. R. Pittaway. "Hyles dahlii (Geyer, 1827)". Retrieved 2017-03-18. 

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