(one synonym : Protoparce minimus Miskin, 1891)
SMERINTHINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Barb Gilfedder, Central Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species are basically grey with pale speckles, and vary in colour from blueish to yellowish to blackish.
The caterpillars have a red or white stripe along each side, a row of red, orange or yellow spiracles along each side, and sometimes a red or yellow stripe along the back. On the tail, they have an entirely black curved horn. The head and prothorax have black and white bands.
The caterpillars feed for preference on plants from the familiy MYOPORACEAE such as :
but also have been found on a variety of other plants, including :
The adult moths have very boring fawn wings, and a pattern of diagonal and transverse dark marks on the abdomen. They have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found over the inland northern half of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.7, p. 411.
Thomas P. Lucas,
Butterflies and Moths,
Descriptions of two new Butterflies and nine new Sphingidae or Hawk moths found in Queensland,
The Queenslander (Newspaper),
Saturday 9 May 1891, p. 894.
Thomas P. Lucas,
On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera, with Descriptions of new Species,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 6 (1892), pp. 277-278.
William Henry Miskin,
A Revision of Australian Sphingidae,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 8, Part 1 (1891), p. 24, No. 40.
(updated 2 December 2009, 1 November 2013, 23 December 2014, 23 February 2015)