Parasa martini Solovyev, 2010

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 : 38-39

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Parasa martini Solovyev, 2010


Parasa martini Solovyev, 2010 Figs 8, 9, 18, 19, 24, 25

Parasa martini Solovyev, 2010, 89(11): 1358, figs. 1, 6; 2, 6; Solovyev 2011, 91(1): 100, figs. 1, 6; 2, 6. (Type locality: Taiwan)

Material examined.

Type material: Holotype. ♂, "TAIWAN, Taichung County., He-ping, Dayueshan National Forest Recreation Area, N24°15.315 E121°00.374, 28-V-2007, 2223 m, At MV light, leg. G. Martin & D.L.J. Quicke, BMNH (E) 2007-43 ”,” BMNH (E) # 820958 ”,” BMNH genital slide 1422" (coll. BMNH), paratypes: 2♂, same collecting data as holotype (coll. BMNH)

Other material: TAIWAN, 1♂, Miaoli County, Guanwu, 2000 m, 29-VI-2010, leg. S. Wu & W. C. Chang; 1♀, same collecting data, slide TFRI00143030 (coll. TFRI); 1♂, Taichung County, Anmashan, 2100 m, 19-VIII-1996, leg. C. M. Fu; 4♂, same collecting locality, 13-IX-1996, leg. C. M. Fu; 1♂1♀, same collecting locality, 30-VI-1997, leg. C. M. Fu (CCMF); 1♂, same collecting locality, 2200 m, 29-VII-1997, leg. C. M. Fu; 1♂, Baxianshan, 1000 m, 26-VII-1997, leg. C. M. Fu (coll. CCMF); 3♂1♀,Taichung County, Chingshan, 1400 m, 9-10-IX-1993, leg. W. T. Yang & M. L. Chan (coll. NMNS); 3♂, Taichung County, Wushihken, 950 m, 23-V-2012, leg. L. C. Shih (ESRI); 1♂, Nantou County, Piluchi, 2000 m, 12-VIII-1987, leg. Y. B. Fan, slide TFRI00061365; 1♂, Hualien County, Ci’en, 1950 m, 13-IX-2012, leg. S. Wu (coll. TFRI); 1♂, Hualien County,Cien, 2039 m, 20-VII-2009, leg. L. C. Shih (coll. ESRI); 1♂, Hualien County, Tsuen (= Ci’en), 2000 m, 13-IX-2012, leg. M. Owada & S. Wu (coll. NSMT).


This species is the allopatric sister-species of Parasa minwangi sp. n. from southern China. Their comparison is given under the diagnosis of the preceding species.


The female is described here for the first time.

Female (Fig. 9).

Measures. Wingspan 24-25 mm (n=3).

Head. Antennae filiform. 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 one median longitudinal green patch delimited by white lines and subsequent wide brown border; marginal scales ochreous. Hind wings chestnut, anal margin and marginal scales ochreous.

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

Female genitalia (Figs 24, 25). Apophyses elongated, length of anterior and posterior ones equal; ductus bursae long; corpus bursae small, about 3.5 times shorter than ductus bursae, signum transverse, long with medial part more expanded.

COI sequence.

A new COI sequence was deposited in the GenBank database (KF595045).

Distribution and bionomics.

This species is endemic to Taiwan. The adults occur from late May to late June, mid and late July then mid August to mid September in mid-elevation mountain areas with primary vegetation (ca. 950-2223 m). Possibly bivoltine. Hostplant unknown.