Hopliocnema brachycera (Lower, 1897)
Desert Hawk Moth
(previously known as Cosmotriche brachycera)
SMERINTHINAE,   SPHINGIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hopliocnema brachycera
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have grey forewings, each with two pairs of wavy dark stripes, and a small central black-edged pale spot. The hindwings are plain white with dark veins and chequered edges. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Hopliocnema brachycera
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The species is found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Hopliocnema brachycera
    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 21 (1893), p. 50.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 28-31.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 206.


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    (updated 2 December 2009, 19 March 2018)