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Luehdorfia chinensis Leech, 1893

Vazrick Nazari
Containing group: Luehdorfia


The life history of L. chinensis has been studied by Cui et al. (1992), Yuan et al. (1998), and Yao et al. (1999). There has been some controversy about the authorship of subspecies huashanensis; see under L. taibai.

Geographical Distribution

Central and eastern China (Chou, 1994).

Geographical Variation

The nominal subspecies, L. chinensis chinensis Leech, 1889 (Type locality: Chang-Yang, Lu Shan Mts. [KiuKiang], central China) and the recently described ssp. leei Chou, 1994 (=huashanensis Lee, 1982; see under L. taibai for details) (Type locality: Shaanxi, Ningshan, China) are the only known supspecies of L. chinensis.

Larval Food Plant

Two species of Asarum have been recorded as food plants of Luehdorfia chinensis; these are Asarum forbesii (Makita et al., 2000; Chunsheng, 2001) and Asarum sieboldii (Chunsheng, 2001).


Chunsheng, W., 2001. Zhongguo dong wu zhi. Kun chong gang. Di 25 juan, Lin chi mu feng die ke : feng die ya ke, ju feng die ya ke, juan die ya ke / Wu Chunsheng bian zhu ; Zhongguo ke xue yuan Zhongguo dong wu zhi bian ji wei yuan hui zhu bian. Fauna Sinica, Insecta Vol. 25: Lepidoptera Papilionidae; Papilioninae, Zerynthiinae, Parnassiinae. Beijing, Ke xue chu ban she, 367 pp.

Chou, I., 1994. Monographia Rhopalocerum Sinensium. Volume 1: 408 pp. Henan Scientific and Technological Publishing House, China.

Cui, H., Xiao-Jing, W., Xuan-Min, W., 1992. The biology of Luehdorfia chinensis Leech, a rare and endangered butterfly. Acta Entomologica Sinica 35: 195-199.

Lee, C., 1982. First report of distribution and living condition of three Luehdorfia from China. Yadoriga 107/108: 39.

Makita, H., Shinkawa, T., Kazumasa, O., Kondo, A., Nakazawa, T., 2000. Phylogeny of Luehdorfia butterflies inferred from mitochondrial ND5 gene sequences. Entomological Science 3: 321-329.

Yao, H.W., Ye, G.Y., Hu, C., Yuan, D.C., 1999. Comparison of main biological characteristics between Hangzhu and Nanjing population of Luehdorfia chinensis Leech. Journal of Zhejiang Agricultural University 25: 311-314.

Yuan, D.C., Mai, G.Q., Xue, D.Y., Hu, C., Ye, G.Y., 1998. The habitat, biology and conservation status of Luehdorfia chinensis (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Chinese Biodiversity 6: 105-115.

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Vazrick Nazari
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Ottawa, Canada

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