(one synonym : Macroglossa kanita Swinhoe, 1892)
MACROGLOSSINAE , SPHINGIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of A.R. Pittaway & I.J. Kitching,
The Natural History Museum, London)
This caterpillar can be either green or brown, and has small dark triangles along the back, and a forward-curving tail horn. It has been found feeding on plants from the family RUBIACEAE, including :
The adult moth is brown with a pale band across each forewing, and broad yellow band across each hindwing.
The species is found as various subspecies across south-east Asia, including
as well as in Australia as the subspecies divergens Walker, 1856, and queenslandi Clark, 1927, in
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Histoire naturelle des insectes, pp. 354-355.
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.
Sphinges and Bombyces,
Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 5.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 8 (1856), p. 94. No. 17.
(updated 10 December 2005, 18 October 2013, 4 August 2015)