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  • IanK on 1/10/10 A.R. Pittaway (pers. comm..) considers this species to be just a smaller, greyer, desert form of Smerinthus ocellata ocellata while the longer setae on the male antenna may be a local adaptation to desert conditions. However, the male differences do appear to be consistently different, as both Miatleuski et al. (2002) and Zolotuhin & Saldaitis (2009) reported the same set of diagnostic characters (although the former authors inverted the labeling of the species in all their figures). That said, only two S. visinskasi males appear to have been dissected and illustrated, and they have yet to be compared with nearby populations purporting to be S. o. ocellata (rather than quite distant specimens). Barcoding may provide additional data but no specimens of S. visinskasi have yet been sequenced. to Comment Subject of comment