The Papua Insects Foundation
The Hawkmoths (SPHINGIDAE, Macroglossinae) of Papua Indonesia
by Willem Hogenes
Gnathothlibus erotus (Cramer, 1777)
ssp. eras (Boisduval, 1832)
two males showing the variety in contrast, (left) in Walmak (Jayawijaya Mountains); (right) in Mapi (southern Asmat District)
Some authors consider ssp. eras to be of species level. In that case both taxa, erotus and eras, have a parasympatric distribution. We consider both taxa to be conspecific thus being subspecies.
STATUS: Widely distributed from Java to Samoa and from the Philippines to Southeast Australia. In Papua quite common, mostly found in the Central Mountains.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: Supiori: Nansfori; Biak: Marauw; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Ampas, Furu Camp (Foja Mts.), Genyem, Ilaga, Jayapura, Kaimana, Keerom River, Kaimana, Kloofbivak, Kouh, Langda, Mabilabol, Mapi (Asmat District), Merauke, Pass Valley, Sentani, Taritatu River, Ubrub, Walmak (Nipsan), Yuruf. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Eastern Sunda Islands (from Java eastward), Sulawesi, Moluccas, The Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, East Australia.
DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below)
Gorbunov, O.G. & A.N. Zamesov, 2014b. To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. II. Hawk moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) of Papua Province, Indonesia. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 2: 167-185.