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1 June 2014 Taxonomy and Geographical Distribution of Macdunnoughia (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Plusiinae) of China
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Abstract

Five species of Macdunnoughia Kostrowicki, 1961 have been recorded from China. Their distribution patterns indicate that the species richness of the genus was mainly concentrated in central China, and the number of species in southeastern and northwestern China was relatively small. A key to species of the genus in China is provided. Adults and male and female genitalia are illustrated.

Macdunnoughia Kostrowicki, 1961 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Plusiinae) was erected for the French species, Plusia confusa Stephens, 1850 as its type species, and can be readily recognized by the claviform stigma coalesced or divided and a dark-colored medial area on the fore wing, and the remarkable sacculus processus in male genitalia.

Often species of Macdunnoughia are serious pests in forests and cultivated farmlands. The eruciform larvae bear 2 pairs of prolegs on the fifth and sixth abdominal segments apart from 3 pairs of thoracic legs (Eichlin 1975). They are polyphagous insects, frequently damaging soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.; Fabaceae), various Asteraceae and Brassicaceae species. Macdunnoughia confusa (Stephens, 1850) and M. crassisigna (Warren, 1913) complete 2 or 3 generations per year, overwintering as larval stage in the soil (Lu et al. 1999; Ma et al. 2011).

Macdunnoughia consists of 6 described species (Ronkay et al. 2008; Kumar & Kumar 2013), and the genus is mainly distributed in China and the neighboring countries except M. confusa which is Trans-Palaearctic. Five species have been recorded from China to date (Chu & Chen 1963; Chu et al. 1964; Chen et al. 1991; Han et al. 2005).

However, species of Macdunnoughia are often confused because some cannot be distinguished by external features and their distributions overlap. The scientific names of the Chinese species are often erroneously or confusingly cited in scientific literature (Chen et al. 1991; Han et al. 2005; Ma et al. 2011). In order to avoid confusion, we herein summarize the taxonomy of this genus and present a key that effectively differentiates the species of Macdunnoughia. Also we briefly outline the distribution patterns of the component species.

Materials and Methods

All the specimens were captured with light traps. Abdomens were macerated in 10% NaOH and temporarily mounted on glass slides in 75% glycerin. Photographs of adults were taken by a Nikon D90 digital camera. Photographs of genitalia were taken by a digital camera mounted on a Nikon SMZ1500 stereo microscope. Plates were assembled using Adobe Photoshop CS2 v9.0.

Specimens examined in this study are from the following institutions: Entomological Museum, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China (NWAU); China Agricultural University, Beijing, China (CAU); Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, China (SYAU); Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China (HNAU); South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China (SCAU).

The specimens are kept in NWAU unless otherwise stated.

Key to the Chinese Species of Macdunnoughia

1. Fore wings mostly brown or reddish brown, with a silvery streak or not over a claviform stigma and with a complex vesica (subgenus Macdunnoughia) 2

—. Fore wings mostly gray or blackish gray, with a black streak over the claviform stigma and with a simple vesica (subgenus Puriplusia) 4

2. Fore wings without silvery streak M. (M.) confusa (Stephens)

—. Fore wings with a silvery streak 3

3. Sacculus processus elongate, clavus rectangular M. (M.) crassisigna (Warren)

—. Sacculus processus shortened, clavus triangular M. (M.) hybrida Ronkay

4. Median area of fore wings light in color, vesica without cornuti M. (P) purissima (Butler)

—. Median area of fore wings dark in color, vesica with a row of cornuti M. (P) tetragona (Walker)

Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) confusa (Stephens, 1850) fi06_00.gif
(Figs. 1, 2, 13, 13a and 19)

  • Plusia confusa Stephens, 1850: 291. Type-locality: Central France; Chu et al. 1964: 93.

  • Plusia gutta Guenée, 1852: 346. Type-locality: Austria, Hungary, France.

  • Macdunnoughia monosigna Chou & Lu 1979: 18. Type-locality: China, Shaanxi, Yan’an.

  • Macdunnoughia confusa: Chou & Lu 1974: 70; Han et al. 2005: 19; Ronkay et al. 2008: 23.

  • Diagnosis

  • This species can be easily distinguished from M. crassisigna and M. hybrida by the lack of a silvery streak over the claviform stigma, and by the latter's smaller size (26–35 mm vs. 30–36 mm in M. hybrida and 31–37 mm in M. crassisigna). In male genitalia, M. confusa has a wide sacculus, short triangular clavus, short vesica with 2 large dorsal diverticula, and small cornuti (Figs. 13 and 13a). In M. crassisigna the sacculus is more narrow, clavus is rectangular, vesica is longer with a small latero-basal diverticulum, and robust cornuti (Figs. 14–15a). Sacculus extends beyond the distal margin of the valva in M. confusa and does not extend beyond the distal margin of the valva as in M. hybrida (Figs. 13 and 16). In female genitalia, M. confusa has a shorter ductus bursae (Fig. 19) than M. crassisigna (Figs. 20 and 21).

  • Description

  • Males and Females. Wingspan 26–35 mm. Head grayish brown; antennae filiform; labial palpi short and upturned. Thorax densely covered with grayish brown scales. Abdomen grayish brown. On fore wing, ground color grayish brown, claviform stigma white; basal and antemedial lines white; medial line faint; postmedial line brown with white at posterior part; subterminal line brown at front; terminal line brown. On hindwing, ground color grayish brown; veins highlighted (Figs. 1 and 2).

  • Male Genitalia. Uncus slender and long, sharp apically; tegumen relatively narrow; valva intermediate in size; cucullus arched; harpe slender and curved distally, shorter than uncus, sharp apically and bifurcate basally; sacculus intermediate in size, left processus blunt, right processus pointed; clavus triangular; saccus relatively broad (Fig. 13). Aedeagus shorter than vesica; vesica covered with 2 rows of large cornuti (Fig. 13a).

  • Female Genitalia. Papillae anales intermediate in size; apophyses anteriores and posteriores narrow and long; ostium sclerotized; ductus bursae sclerotized at middle; corpus bursae long with a remarkable signum (Fig. 19).

  • Specimens Examined

  • CHINA: Jilin: 1♂, Jingyuetan, 8-VII-1975; 1♀, Changbaishan, 6-VIII-1974; 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Gongzhuling, IX-1977. Liaoning: 1♂, Tieling, VII-1977. Inner Mongolia: 1♂, Zhemeng, 1977. Xinjiang: 1♀, Urumqi, 8-VIII-1979, T. Chen; 1♂, Kuqa, 1977, B.J. Li; 1♀, Chepaizi, 1977; 2♂♂, Shache, 10-VII-1977, R.L. Yu; 1♀, Changji, VIII-1977; l♂„ Shawan, 1977, H. R. Xu; l♂„ Turpan, 1977, W. J. Yang; 1♂,1♀, Ili, 20-VIII-1979, T. Chen; 1♂, Hetian, IX-1979, T. Chen; 1♂, Moyu, 9-IX-1979, T. Chen; 1♀, Pishan, 7-IX-1979, T. Chen; 2♀ ♀, Turpan, 34.5 m, 25-VIII-1979, T. Chen; 1♀, Kashi, 30-VIII-1979, T. Chen; 1♀, Cele, 10-IX-1979, T. Chen; 1♀, Yutian, 1,427 m, 1-IX-1979, T. Chen; 1♀, Shihezi, VIII-1964; 1♂, Aksu, 10-VIII-1977, G. J. Fan. Qinghai: 1♀, Xining, 15-VII-1965. Gansu: 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Gannan, VIII-1952. Ningxia: 1♀, Yinchuan, 15-X-1964. Shaanxi: 1♀, Xi'an, 500 m, 23-X-1974, F. Yuan; 1♀, Nanwutaishan, 17-VI-1979,1. Chou & T. Chen; 1♀, Fengzhou, 900 m, 13-X-1973, J. S. Lu & C. Tian; 1♀, Xianyang, 11-VI-1973; 1♂, Wugong, 10-VIII-1965,1. Chou; 1♀ Qinling Mt., 1,100 m, 9-12-X-1973, J. S. Lu & C. Tian; 2♀♀, Yan'an, 2-V-1974, J. H. Lu; 1♀, Liquan, 3-VI-1974; 2♂ ♂1♀, Yulin, 23-25-VII-1982; 1♀, Baoji, 14-V-1974; 2♂♂3♀ ♀, Heyang, 29-IV-1974; 1♀, Haopingsi, 200 m, Taibaishan, 7-VI-1982; 1♂, Zhouzhi, 9-V-1972, J. G. Tian; 1♂2 ♀ ♀, Qinling Station, l-X-1980, I. Chou, S. M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♂2 ♀ ♀, Luotuoshu, 2,100 m, Taibaishan, 9-VI-1983; 1♀, Huoditang, 16-VIII-1980; 2 ♀ ♀, Yangling, 28-VIII-2002; 1♀, Suide, 26-VII-1973, F. Yuan, S. R. Mi & J.R. Hui. Shanxi: 1♂, Taigu, VIII-1964, H.H. Zhou; 1♂, Taiyuan, 1964; 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Yuncheng, VII-1970, X.E Zhao. Henan: 1♂, Xinxiang, 9-VIII-1973. Sichuan: 1♂, Danba, 2,000 m, 27-VII-2006, S. Zhou.

  • Distribution

  • This species is Trans-Palearctic (Ronkay et al. 2008) and densely distributed in northeastern and central China and in Xinjiang. The distribution pattern may be disjunct because of natural boundaries: Tianshan and Kunlunshan (Xinjiang), Qinling Mt. and Taihangshan (central China) and Changbaishan (northeastern China) (Fig. 25).

  • The species occurs at altitude ranging from 34.5 m (Turpan, Xinjiang) to 2,100 m (Taibaishan, Shaanxi).

  • Figs. 1–12.

    Species of Macdunnoughia. (1 and 2) Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) confusa; (3-6) M. (M.) crassisigna ; (7 and 8) M. (M.) hybrida; (9 and 10) M. (Puriplusia) purissima; (11 and 12) M. (P.) tetragona; (1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11) Male; (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12) Female. Scale bars = 10 mm.

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    Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) crassisigna (Warren, 1913)fi07_00.gif (Figs. 3–6, 14–15a, 20 and 21)

  • Phytometra crassisigna Warren, 1913: 352. Type-locality: Japan, Korea, India.

  • Phytometra rhopalosema Hampson, 1913: 513. Type-locality: India, Nilgiris.

  • Macdunnoughia crassisigna xizangensis Chou & Lu, 1982: 101. Type-locality: China, Tibet. Plusia crassisigna: Chu & Chen,1963: 99. Macdunnoughia crassisigna: Chou & Lu 1974: 71; Chen et al. 1991: 315; Han et al. 2005: 19; Ronkay et al. 2008: 24.

  • Diagnosis

  • This species is barely distinguished from M. hyhrida by the fore wing color pattern (Figs. 3–8). In male genitalia, M. crassisigna has a long, narrow sacculus (Figs. 14 and 15), long vesica, and robust cornuti (Figs. 14a and 15a) compared with a short, wide sacculus (Fig. 16), short vesica, and small cornuti (Fig. 16a) in M. hyhrida. In female genitalia, M. crassisigna has a long ductus bursae and an accessory bursae that is longer than the corpus bursae (Figs. 20 and 21); in M. hyhrida the ductus bursae is short and the accessory bursae is shorter than the corpus bursae (Fig. 22).

  • Description

  • Males and Females. Wingspan 31–37 mm. Head brown or dark brown; antennae filiform; labial palpi short and upturned. Thorax densely covered with brown scales. Abdomen brown. On fore wing, a silvery streak (or bifurcate silvery streak) over white claviform stigma; basal and antemedial lines white; medial line faint; postmedial line brown or dark brown with white at posterior part; subterminal line brown, dark color at front; terminal line brown. On hindwing, ground color grayish brown; veins highlighted (Figs. 3–6).

  • Male Genitalia. Uncus slender and long, sharp apically; tegumen broad; valva intermediate in size; cucullus arched; harpe slender and sharp apically, shorter than uncus; sacculus processus pointed apically; clavus rectangular; saccus intermediate in size (Figs. 14 and 15). Aedeagus shorter than vesica; vesica with 2 parallel rows of large cornuti or apically triple cornutus (Figs. 14a and 15a).

  • Female Genitalia. Papillae anales intermediate in size; apophyses anteriores and posteriores narrow and long; ostium slightly sclerotized; ductus bursae slightly sclerotized and wrinkled; corpus bursae shorter than accessory bursae, with a large signum; accessory bursae wrinkled (Figs. 20 and 21).

  • Specimens Examined

  • CHINA: Jilin: 2♂ ♂, Gongzhuling, IX-1977. Gansu: 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Bifenggou, 5-VI-2002. Shaanxi: 1♂, Yangpingguan, 4-X-1984, N. Ma; 1♂, Qinling Station, l-X-1980, I. Chou, S.M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♂, Ziyang, 5-VI-1973, F. Yang & C. Tian; 1♂, Wugong, V-1973. Shanxi: 1♂, Yuncheng, X-1976, X. E Zhao. Henan: 1♂, Zhengzhou (HNAU). Zhejiang: 1♂, Tianmushan, 4-V-1980, S.K. Liu. Hubei: 1♂, Wuchang, 12-VI-1964; 1♂, Shennongjia, 29-VIII-1980, T. Chen. Sichuan: 1♀, Wolong, 1,920 m, 10-VIII-1983, J. G. Yang; 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Guangyuan. Tibet: 1♀, Lhasa, 3,700 m, 9-IX-1978, F. S. Li (CAU); 4♂ ♂, Shigatse, 8-VII-1978, F. S. Li (CAU); 1♂, Shigatse, 3,950 m, VII-1978, F. S. Li (CAU); 1♂, Yanggong, 29-VII-1978, F. S. Li (CAU); 1♂3 ♀ ♀, Nêdong, VIII-1976, F. S. Wang; 1♀, Zhamu, 21-VII-1978, F. S. Li (CAU); 1♂, Zhamu, 23-VII-1978, F.S. Li (CAU); 1♀, Tongmai, 25-VII-1978, F.S. Li (CAU); 1♀, Mainling, 30-V-1984; 1♂, Borne, 13-IX-1984, B. Jiang; 1♀, Yadong, 27-VIII-1984, S.C. Hu; 1♀, Pengbo, 7-VI-1975. Guizhou: 1♂, Guiyang. Yunnan: 1♂, Luopingshan, 2,668 m, Eryuan, 10-V-1980; 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Weishan, 2,500 m, 26-VIII-1980.

  • Distribution

  • This species is distributed in the HimalayanPacific Region. It is widely distributed from northeastern China through central China to the Tibetan plateau (Ronkay et al. 2008). The distribution of M. crassisigna extends from north-eastern China to southwestern and southeastern China (Fig. 25).

  • The highest altitude record where M. crassisigna has been collected is 3,950 m (Shigatse, Tibet).

  • Figs. 13–18.

    Male genitalia of Macdunnoughia. (13 and 13a) Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) confusa; (14– 15a) M. (M.) crassisigna ; (16 and 16a) M. (M.) hybrida; (17 and 17a) M. (Puriplusia) purissima; (18 and 18a) M. (P) tetragona; (13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18) Genitalia; (13a, 14a, 15a, 16a, 17a and 18a) Aedeagus. Scale bars = 1 mm.

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    Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) hybrida Ronkay, 1986 fi08_00.gif
    (Figs. 7, 8, 16, 16a and 22)

  • Macdunnoughia hybrida Ronkay 1986: 205. Type-locality: North Korea, Province North Pyongan, Myohyang Mt.; Han et al. 2005: 19; Ronkay et al. 2008: 23.

  • Diagnosis

  • Macdunnoughia hybrida and M. crassisigna are confused in China because of the nearly identical forewing pattern (Figs. 3–8). Accurate identification can be made by examining genitalia.

  • Description

  • Male and female. Wingspan 30–36 mm. Head brown; antennae filiform; labial palpi short and upturned. Thorax densely covered with brown scales. Abdomen brown. On forewing, a silvery streak over white claviform stigma; basal and antemedial lines white; medial line faint; postmedial line brown with white at posterior part; subterminal line brown, dark color at front; terminal line brown. On hindwing, ground color grayish brown and dark color near outer margin; veins highlighted (Figs. 7 and 8).

  • Male Genitalia. Uncus slender and long, sharp apically; tegumen intermediate in size; valva relatively broad; cucullus arched; harpe slender, sharp apically and bifurcate basally, shorter than uncus; sacculus processus short and pointed apically; clavus triangular; saccus intermediate in size (Fig. 16). Aedeagus shorter than vesica; vesica with 2 rows of large cornuti (Fig. 16a).

  • Female Genitalia. Papillae anales intermediate in size; apophyses anteriores and posteriores narrow and long; ostium sclerotized; ductus bursae short, broad at middle, sclerotized; corpus bursae slender and long, with a large signum (Fig. 22).

  • Specimens Examined

  • CHINA: Heilongjiang: 1♂1♀, Harbin, 14-VII-1963; 1♂, Harbin, 5-IX-1963; 1♂, Nenjiang, 1977. Jilin: 1♂, Jingyuetan, 9-VII-1975. Liaoning: 1♂, Shenyang, IX-1973; 1♂, Tieling, 9-VI-1977 (SY-AU); 1♀, Tieling, 11-VII-1977 (SYAU). Inner Mongolia: 1♂, Zhemeng, 1977. Shandong: 1♂, Ji'nan, 4-VI-1950; 1♂, Tai'an, 8-IV-1965. Jiangsu: 1♂, Nanjing, VIII-1965; 2♂ ♂, Ganyu, 1977, M. Hu.

  • Distribution

  • Macdunnoughia hybrida is distributed in northeastern China (Ronkay et al. 2008). This study showed the distribution to extend southwards along the coast in eastern China (Fig. 25).

  • Macdunnoughia (Puriplusia) purissima (Butler, 1878) fi09_00.gif
    (Figs. 9, 10, 17, 17a and 23)

  • Plusia purissima Butler, 1878: 202. Type-locality: Japan, Yokohama; Chu et al. 1964: 96.

  • Puriplusia purissima: Chou & Lu 1974: 72.

  • Macdunnoughia purissima: Han et al. 2005: 19; Ronkay et al. 2008: 25.

  • Diagnosis

  • It is related to M. tetragona and can be distinguished from the latter by the light-colored medial area and the visible postmedial line on fore wing (Figs. 9 and 10). Cornuti are absent in male genitalia (Fig. 17a) and the ductus bursae is 1.5 times as long as that of M. tetragona (Figs. 23 and 24).

  • Description

  • Male and Female. Wingspan 28–31 mm. Head gray; antennae filiform; labial palpi short and upturned. Thorax densely covered with gray scales. Abdomen gray. On fore wing, ground color gray, medial area brown, a black streak over white claviform stigma; basal, antemedial, postmedial and terminal lines brown or reddish brown; medial line faint; subterminal line grayish brown. On hindwing, ground color grayish brown and dark color near outer margin; veins highlighted (Figs. 9 and 10).

  • Male Genitalia. Uncus narrow, sharp apically, 1.5 times as long as harpe; tegumen intermediate in size; valva slender; cucullus arched; harpe short, sharp apically, almost as long as sacculus processus; sacculus processus sharp apically; clavus finger-shaped; saccus short (Fig. 17). Aedeagus shorter than vesica; vesica with many small dots (Fig. 17a).

  • Female Genitalia. Papillae anales intermediate in size; apophyses anteriores and posteriores narrow and long; ostium broad and slightly sclerotized; ductus bursae long and wrinkled; corpus bursae similarly rounded; accessory bursae long and wrinkled (Fig. 23).

  • Specimens Examined

  • CHINA: Shaanxi: 1♀, Qinling Station, 1-X-1980, I. Chou, S.M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♀, Hanzhong, 2-II-1974, Q. Z. Cheng & S. Y. Lu; 1♂, Yangling, 5-VI-2002; 1♂, Xixiang, 400 m, 19-21-X-1973, J. S. Lu & C. Tian; 1♀, Yangxian, 28-IX-1980, S. Y. Liu; 1♂, Qinling Mt., 11-IX-1987, S. M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♀, Huoditang, 19-VI-1985, L. Liu; 1♀, Haopingsi, 1, 200 m, Taibaishan, 10-VIII-1981. Henan: 1♂, Zhengzhou (HNAU); 1♂, Longyuwan, 1,000 m, 11-VII-1996, B. Z. Hua, R. G. Tian & W. Z. Zhang. Jiangsu: 1♂. Hubei: 1♂2 ♀ ♀, Songbai, 25-VIII-1980, T. Chen; 1♀, Songbai, 950 m, 16-VII-1980; 1♀, Xingshan, 29-VII-1098, S.K. Liu. Chongqing: 1♂, ll-IV-1973, S.N. Jiang. Sichuan: 1♀, Liangshan; 1♀, Kangding, 22- VIII-1939, I. Chou, F.Y. Zheng & T.H. Hao; 1♂, Emei, 1,020 m, 16-IX-1978, F.S. Li (CAU). Guizhou: 2♂ ♂. Guangdong: 1♂, Nanling, 5-VI-2011 (SCAU). Guangxi: 1♂, Maoershan, 13-VIII-2009 (SCAU). Yunnan: 1♀, Kunming, 23- III-1982, S. M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♂, Dianchangshan, 2,990 m, 20-VI-1974,1. Chou & F. Yuan; 1 ♀ , Lijiang, 2,400 m, 11-VI-1974,1. Chou & F. Yuan; 1♂, Guandu, 2,300 m, 7-VIII-1980.

  • Distribution

  • This species is distributed from the northeastern part of China southwards to the central Chinese mountains (Ronkay et al. 2008). This study showed the distribution to extend southwards to Yunnan (Fig. 25).

  • Altitudinal range is from 400 m (Xixiang, Shaanxi) to 2,990 m (Dianchangshan, Yunnan).

  • Figs. 19–24.

    Female genitalia of Macdunnoughia. (19) Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) confusa; (20 and 21) M. (M.) crassisigna ; (22) M. (M.) hybrida; (23) M. (Puriplusia) purissima; (24) M. (P.) tetragona. Scale bars = 1 mm.

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    Fig. 25.

    Distribution of Macdunnoughia. Macdunnoughia (Macdunnoughia) confusa (fi01_00.gif); M. (M.) crassisigna (fi02_00.gif); M. (M.) hybrida (fi03_00.gif); M. (Puriplusia) purissima (fi04_00.gif); M. (P.) tetragona (fi05_00.gif). Oblique line indicates that M. purissima has been recorded but without a precise locality.

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    Macdunnoughia (Puriplusia) tetragona (Walker, [1858]) fi10_00.gif
    (Figs. 11, 12, 18, 18a and 24)

  • Plusia tetragona Walker, [1858]: 932. Typelocality: India, Hindustan.

  • Plusia semivitta Moore, 1867: 63. Type-locality: India, Darjeeling.

  • Puriplusia zayuensis Chou & Lu 1982: 98. Type-locality: China, Xizang, Zayu.

  • Puriplusia tetragona: Chen et al. 1991: 313. Macdunnoughia tetragona: Ronkay et al. 2008: 25.

  • Diagnosis

  • Macdunnoughia tetragona can be distinguished from M. purissima by the dark medial area on fore wing (Figs. 9–12); the male genitalia have a row of large cornuti (Fig. 18a); ductus bursae and accessory bursae is short (Fig. 24).

  • Description

  • Male and Female. Wingspan 27–34 mm. Head blackish gray; antennae filiform; labial palpi short and upturned. Thorax densely covered with gray scales. Abdomen grayish. On fore wing, ground color blackish gray, medial area black, a black streak over white claviform stigma; basal line grayish black; antemedial line black; medial line faint; postmedial line black with a little red color; subterminal line grayish black; terminal line black at front. On hindwing, ground color grayish brown; veins highlighted (Figs. 11 and 12).

  • Male Genitalia. Uncus narrow, sharp apically, 1.5 times as long as harpe; tegumen intermediate in size; valva slender; cucullus arched; harpe short and curved, sharp apically, almost as long as sacculus processus; sacculus processus sharp apically, broader than harpe; clavus finger-shaped; saccus relatively short (Fig. 18). Aedeagus shorter than vesica; vesica with a row of cornuti (Fig. 18a).

  • Female Genitalia. Papillae anales intermediate in size; apophyses anteriores and posteriores narrow and long; ostium broad and slightly sclerotized; ductus bursae short and wrinkled; corpus bursae similarly rounded; accessory bursae relatively short and wrinkled (Fig. 24).

  • Specimens Examined

  • CHINA: Gansu: 1♀, Lianghe, 30-VIII-1980, J.K. Yang; l♂, Wenxian, 7-VIII-1980, F.S. Li (CAU). Shaanxi: 2♂ ♂, Luotuoshu, 2,100 m, Taibaishan, 19-VI-1983; 1 ♀, Huoditang, 17-VIII-1984; 1♂, Qinling Station, 1-X-1980, I. Chou, S. M. Wang & J. R. Zhou; 1♂, Qinling Mt., 1,100 m, 9-12-X-1973, J. S. Lu & C. Tian. Hubei: 1♂, Shennongjia, 29-VIII-1980, T. Chen. Tibet: 1 ♀, Qamdo, 3,250 m, 6-VI-1984, B. Jiang; 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Zhangmu, V-1981, A. H. Li. Yunnan: 1 specimen (abdomen missing), Mengyang, 760 m, 8-V-1974, I. Chou & F. Yuan; 1 ♂ 1 ♀, Weishan, 2,300 m, 17-VIII-1980; 1 ♂, Xiaguan, 1,850 m, 19-VIII-1989; l♂, Menghai, 1,160 m, 27-31-V-1974,1. Chou & F. Yuan.

  • Distribution

  • This species is distributed in the Himalayan-Pacific Region, including the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau, the eastern Chinese mountains and Taiwan (Ronkay et al. 2008). In this survey, we found that it also occurs in central China. Its distribution overlaps with that of M. purissima at the Qinling Mt. (Shaanxi) and Shennongjia (Hubei) (Fig. 25).

  • Altitudinal range is from 760 m (Mengyang, Yunnan) to 3,250 m (Qamdo, Tibet).

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    Yanqing Hu, Shuang Xue, and Baozhen Hua "Taxonomy and Geographical Distribution of Macdunnoughia (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Plusiinae) of China," Florida Entomologist 97(2), 392-400, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1653/024.097.0208
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