Hippotion brennus (Stoll, 1782)
(one synonym : Panacra maculiventris Miskin, 1891)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have patterned brown or grey forewings, and yellow or orange hindwings with a brown border. The forewings each have a recurve on both the inner and outer margins. The hindwings each have a recurve on the outer margin near the tornus. The abdomen has four white markings along each side. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species occurs in

  • Papua,
  • Maluku,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • northern New South Wales.


    drawing by Caspar Stoll, listed as Sphinx brennus
    Papillons exotiques, De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), Plate CCCXCVIII, fig. B,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Caspar Stoll,
    Papillons exotiques,
    in Pieter Cramer:
    De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), p. 233, and also Plate 398, fig. B.


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    (updated 7 April 2006, 22 February 2015)