(formerly known as Enyo cinnamomea)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Queensland)
The young Caterpillars of this species are green with a tapered forward curving tail horn. Later the caterpillars develop an off-white line bordered with red above, along each side, above a series of pale diagonal stripes along the sides. The pointed horn on the tail changes to curve backwards and often is not tapered.
These caterpillars have been found feeding on various species of VITACEAE :
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 8 cms. The pupa has a length of about 4.5 cms. It is plain dark brown, with stepped abdominal segments.
The adult moths of this species are usually brown, with forewings that each have a general blotchy light and dark pattern, and an outlined pale spot near the centre. The forewings each have an indentation at the wingtip. The moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.
The undersides are similar to the upper surfaces.
The eggs are pale green and spherical, and laid singly on a tendril, stem, or under a youngleaf of a foodplant.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
G.J. Manz, Regensburg, Volume 2 (1869), p. 3, No. 558.
Max S. Moulds, James P. Tuttle and David A. Lane.
Hawkmoths of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 13 (2020),
pp. 52-56, Plates 5, 6, 80, 84.
(written 10 February 2020, updated 9 December 2020)