SMERINTHINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
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 up to three black spots usually outlined in white. The hindwings are patterned in yellow and orange.
The females have dark purplish brown forewings and darker hindwings, with patterns similar to those of the male. The wingspan is about 11 cms.
This species occurs in
and also in Australia as the subspecies queenslandi Clark, 1928, in
The adult moths can be distinguished from those of Ambulyx wildei by the dark markings by the forewing tornus.
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.
Maxwell S. Moulds, James P. Tuttle and David A. Lane.
Hawkmoths of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 13 (2020),
pp. 65-66, Plates 75, 84.
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,
Volume 1, Number 1 (1894), p. 87.
(updated 2 December 2009, 1 May 2017, 22 February 2020)