Hawkmoths of the world: an annotated and illustrated revisionary checklist (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae).

Hawkmoths of the world: an annotated and illustrated revisionary checklist (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Ian J. Kitching, Jean-Marie Cadiou.

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000. Quarto, colour photographs, fine copy in dustwrapper.

Starts with an overview of hawkmoth morphology and biology, including discussion of the moths' immature stages, their roles as pollinators and as pests, and their imortance in conservation issues. The authors then propose a new system for higher classifications of hawkmoths, one based on the results of the most recent phylogenetic research. The checklist contains all the nominal taxa of Sphingidae, as well as the names of aberrations and individual forms. The author of each taxon description is given along with its origianl date of publication. Two species and two subspcies are described as new. Comprehensive notes clearly explain these and other taxonomic changes, lectotype designations, and related matters. Colour plates with 64 photographs further enhance the book.

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