Parasa minwangi, Wu, Shipher & Chang, Weichun, 2013

Wu, Shipher & Chang, Weichun, 2013, Review of the Parasa undulata (Cai, 1983) species group with the first conifer-feeding larva for Limacodidae and descriptions of two new species from China and Taiwan (Lepidoptera, Limacodidae), ZooKeys 345, pp. 29-46 : 37

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Parasa minwangi

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Parasa minwangi sp. n. Figs 7, 16, 17

Type material.

Holotype: ♂, CHINA, Guangdong Prov., Shaoguan, Nanling, 700-1200 m, 22-25-IV-2005, leg. K. Horie, slide NSMT-SW133 (coll. SCAU); paratypes: 4♂, Guangdong Prov., Shaoguan, Nanling, 600-1400 m, 11-18-V-2005 (coll. NSMT); 4♂, same collecting data (coll. SCAU); 1♂, same collecting locality, 21-28-VI-2008 (coll. NSMT); 2♂, same collecting locality, 1-6-VIII-2006 (coll. NSMT); 1♂, same collecting data (coll. SCAU); 1 male, same collecting locality, 31-VIII-1-IX-2003 (coll. NSMT); 1♂, same collecting data (coll. SCAU); 2♂, 5-11-IX-2005 (coll. NSMT); 2 males, same collecting data (coll. SCAU); 1 male, 26-27-IX-2003, leg. M. Wang et al. (coll. NSMT); 1 male, same collecting data (coll. SCAU), all leg. Wang et al.


This species is closely related to the allopatric species Parasa martini from Taiwan. Externally its forewing white stripes are more slender. In the male genitalia the aedeagus has a more slender coecum and bears a separated, sclerotized dorsal process at the apex, the latter structure being absent in other species of the same group.


Adult (Fig. 7).

Measures. Wingspan 21-22 mm (n=21).

Head. Antennae bipectinate in male, rami longer at basal part and gradually shortening to absent at 5/6 from base; filiform in female. Eyes black, round. Frons, vertex, labial palpi fringed with long, chestnut hair-like scales, 3rd labial palpal segment short.

Thorax. Thoracic segments green with chestnut dorsal stripe. Forewing ground coloration chestnut with ochreous stripe situated between vein R4 and R5 and a large median green patch delimited by slender white lines and subsequent wide brown border; marginal scales ochreous. Hind wings chestnut, marginal scales pale chestnut fringed with ochreous.

Abdomen. Abdominal segments fringed with long chestnut hair-like scales.

Male genitalia (Figs 16, 17). Uncus robust, wide with hook-like apex. Gnathos large, sclerotized, apically narrowed; juxta sclerotized with two lateral sides extending dorsally. Valva short, apex tongue-like. Aedeagus long in straight distal part and down-curved basal part, respectively, and with a distal sclerotized dorsal process.

Distribution and bionomics.

This species is recorded only from mid-elevation (600-1400 m) of Nanling mountain areas, S. China. The adults occur in April, May, June, August and September. Possibly bivoltine. Hostplant unknown.


This species is dedicated to Dr. Min Wang (SCAU), who represents the main collector of most of the type material of this new species in Nanling mountain areas, S. China.