Ambulyx liturata Butler, 1875 - Violet Gliding Hawkmoth

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Ambulyx liturata: Sexually dimorphic. Distinguished from Ambulyx maculifera by the absence of a sub-basal costal patch on the forewing upperside, although occasionally a longitudinal dash is present instead; the mesial line of the abdomen upperside does not become dilated into a patch on abdominal tergum A8 of the male. Differs from the continental forms of Ambulyx substrigilis substrigilis (which also lacks the sub-basal costal patch on the forewing upperside) by having the base of the hindwing upperside less tawny and never black and by the submarginal line of the forewing being more proximal posteriorly. Some females are as pale as the male, others are more deeply tinted and have a more distinct violet-grey gloss on the forewing. Diagnosis from https://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/a_lit.htm

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand26
West Bengal
Total136
  1. OD: Ambulyx liturata Butler, 1875. Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. pg 250. Text at http://archive.org/stream/proceedingsofgen75zool#page/250/mode/1up
  2. Inoue, H., R.D. Kennett & I.J. Kitching. 1997. Moths of Thailand, Volume 2: Sphingidae. Pl 7/24. 
  3. http://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/a_lit.htm
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambulyx_liturata

 

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Ambulyx liturata Butler, 1875 – Violet Gliding Hawkmoth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/ambulyx-liturata, accessed 2024/07/23.