Ambulyx dohertyi Rothschild, 1894
SMERINTHINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ambulyx dohertyi
male
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moths of this species are dimorphic.

The males have brown patterned forewings, each with three black spots outlined in white. The hindwings are patterned in yellow and orange.

Ambulyx dohertyi
female
photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The females have dark purplish brown forewings and darker hindwings, with patterns similar to those of the male.

This species occurs in

  • Papua,
  • Solomons

    and also in Australia as the subspecies queenslandi Clark, 1928, in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Benjamin Preston Clark,
    Sundry notes on Sphingidae and descriptions of ten new forms,
    Proceedings of the New England Zoological Club,
    Boston, Volume 10 (1928), pp. 33-46.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 16.5, p. 412.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 205.

    L. Walter Rothschild,
    Notes on Sphingidae, with descriptions of new species,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 1, Number 1 (1894), p. 87.


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    (updated 2 December 2009)