Paranthrene rubomacula Kallies & Owada

Kallies, Axel, Arita, Yutaka, Owada, Mamoru, Wu, Guo-Yi & Wang, Min, 2014, The Paranthrenini of Mainland China (Lepidoptera, Sesiidae), Zootaxa 3811 (2), pp. 185-206: 187

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Paranthrene rubomacula Kallies & Owada

sp. nov.

Paranthrene rubomacula Kallies & Owada   sp. nov.

( Figs 1, 2 View FIGURES 1 – 6 , 29 View FIGURES 29 – 30 )

Material examined. Holotype. ♂, Guangxi, Guilin, Maoershan, 500–1500 m, 6.– 10.VIII. 2007 ( SCAU). Paratypes. 1 ♂, 1 ♀, same date as holotype (♂, Fig. 1 View FIGURES 1 – 6 , CAK, ♀, Fig. 2 View FIGURES 1 – 6 , NSMT); 4 ♂, 1 ♀, same locality, 730 m, 11.– 15.VIII. 2009 ( NSMT, CAK, 1 ♂ Gen. Prep. AK 654); 1 ♂, Prov. Guandong, Shaoguang, Nanling, 800 m, 10.VII. 2010 ( NSMT).

Description. Male ( Fig. 1 View FIGURES 1 – 6 ). Wingspan 33 mm; forewing length 15 mm; body length 21 mm. Head: labial palps white ventrally and baso-laterally; frons grey-black, white laterally; pericephalic scales white ventrally and laterally; patagia with few white scales laterally. Fore coxa with white lateral edge, mid femur with white border laterally; first tarsomer of hind leg with white spot distally. Forewing: with few white scales at the base; discal spot very wide, with a large red spot in its centre; ventrally similar but red mark more extensive. Hindwing: largely transparent, with broad outer margin and strong discal spot; opaque between veins Cu 1 and Cu 2. Abdomen: tergites black; sternites with white distal borders; valva with white scales; anal tuft black, long and slender. Female ( Fig. 2 View FIGURES 1 – 6 ). Almost identical to male. Antennae simple.

Genitalia. Male (Gen. prep. AK 654, Fig. 29 View FIGURES 29 – 30 ). Uncus (a) long and slender, with soft setae apically; gnathos (b) with simple ventral margin with two short and rounded projections; valva long, dorsal field of ventral surface (c) covered with soft, multi-tipped setae, each with ca 8 tips; ventral area of valva surface (d) with simple soft setae; basal patch (e) with strong pointed setae; phallus straight, shorter than valva, with a subapical plate with 4–5 small teeth (f).

Diagnosis. A very distinctive species; most body parts black with a bluish sheen, with a distinct red discal spot and a slender body. It is not similar to any known representatives of Paranthrene   or related genera.


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