LEPIDOPTERA

Sericinus montela
Sericinus montela montela Gray, 1852

TYPE LOCALITY."Shanghai" [China].
SYNONYMS: telamon Donovan, 1798, nom. praeoccup.
RANGE. From central China to the Amur and Ussuri regions and Korea.
DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. The nominate subspecies flies in the S. Ussuri region; further northerly, the ssp. amurensis (Staudinger, 1892) occurs, described from the Amur. Seasonal dimorphism is well-marked (gen. vern. telemachus Staudinger, 1892).
HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. River valleys with aggregations of the host plant, Aristolochia. contorta. Flight periods: May-June and July-August in two generations. Eggs are laid in clutches on the lower leaf surface and on stems. Pupae hibernating on vine branches.

Photo and text: Guide to the BUTTERFLIES OF RUSSIA and adjacent territories Volume 1. PENSOFT, Sofia - Moscow. 1997




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