Agrius godarti (W.S. Macleay, [1826] )
Godart's Hawk Moth
(one synonym : Sphinx distincta Lucas, 1891)
SPHINGINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Agrius godarti
(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have fawn forewings with a complex pattern of light and dark markings. Each forewing also has a small white dot with a black outline near the centre. The hind wings are buff with three broken dark bands parallel to the margin. The abdomen is banded with light and dark shades of grey. The moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.

Agrius godarti
(Photo: copyright of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

The species is found inland in the eastern half of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Agrius godarti
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 41.2, 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.

    William Sharp Macleay,
    Annulosa. Catalogue of Insects, collected by Captain King, R.N.,
    Voume 2, Appendix B (15 April 1826), p. 464.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 16 September 2010, 1 February 2014)