(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,
Volume 1 (1874), pp. 354-355.
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, No. 17, and also Plate 1, fig. 2.
(updated 10 December 2005, 18 October 2013, 4 August 2015, 10 February 2016)