Macroglossum heliophila (Boisduval, [1875])
(one synonym : Macroglossa kanita Swinhoe, 1892)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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 :

  • Dalzell's Psychotia ( Psychotria dalzellii ), and
  • Red Psychotria ( Psychotria rubra ).

    The adult moth is brown with a pale band across each forewing, and broad yellow band across each hindwing.


    (Drawing: by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Macroglossa kanita,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Series 1 (1892), plate 1, fig. 2)

    The species is found across south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • Indonesia,
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
    Macroglossa, Macroglossides,
    Histoire naturelle des insectes, pp. 354-355.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    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.


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    (updated 10 December 2005, 18 October 2013)