(one synonym : Macroglossa pylene Felder, 1861)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Shipher Wu, Taiwan)
This Caterpillar has several colour forms including green and dark brown. It is speckled with pale yellow dots. There are yellow spots each side of the body. The tail has a forward curving spike with pale yellow granulations, which is fearsome but quite harmless. It has been reported to feed on various plants, including :
The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 7 cms.
The adult moths have brown forewings with a faint sinuous pattern. The hindwings are dark brown with a broad diagonal yellow band across each one. The body is brown with a bunch of hairs on the tail.
The species is found as various subspecies across south-east Asia, from the Cocos Islands to New Caledonia, including
as well as Australia in
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 8 (1856), pp. 92-93.
(updated 2 December 2009)