Dalailama Staudinger, 1896

Wang, Xing, Wang, Min, Zolotuhin, Vadim V., Hirowatari, Toshiya, Wu, Shipher & Huang, Guo-Hua, 2015, The fauna of the family Bombycidae sensu lato (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea) from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hainan Islands, Zootaxa 3989 (1), pp. 1-138: 95

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Dalailama Staudinger, 1896


XX. Dalailama Staudinger, 1896  ( FIGURES 36–37View FIGURE 36View FIGURE 37)

Dalailama Staudinger, 1896  , Dt. ent. Z. Iris 8 (2): 303. Type species: Dalailama bifurca Staudinger, 1896  , by monotypy. Dailalama: Staudinger, 1901  , Cat. Lepid. palaearct. Faunengeb. (1): 128. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Deilelamia: Pagenstecher, 1909  , Geschichte eur. Schmett.: 433. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Diagnosis. Characterized by khaki or maroon-brown ground colour, antenna in male pectinate basally and filiform distally, fore- and hindwings with complex patterns of lines, discal cell with a black spot outlined in white, uncus bifid, a dark protuberance on the valva. Female similar to male but antenna filiform and forewing apex slightly falcate.

Distribution. Sino-Himalayan Region.

Remarks. This genus was established without being placed in a family. Staudinger (1901) included it in Bombycidae  , a placement with which Grünberg (1911) and Fletcher & Nye (1982) agreed. We concur and here record two species from China (Map 20).

Map 20. Distribution of Dalailama  spp. mainly in China.