MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tony Pittaway & Ian Kitching, The Natural History Museum, London).
The Caterpillars of this species are green or brown, with some variable coloured lines along the body, a row of blue dashes along each side, and a white and blue eyespot each side of the meta-thorax. There is a harmless strong backward-curving spine on the last segment. The true legs are red.
The caterpillars have been found on various species in RUBIACEAE including
The adult moths have wings that have a bold pattern of pale grey and dark green or brown, including pale spots at the base and the tip of each forewing. The hindwings have a wavy pattern of pale and dark brown. There are white bands between some of the abdominal segments.
This species occurs as various subspecies in south-east Asia, including ;
as well as in Australia as pallescens Butler, 1875 in
Further reading :
Description de Papillons Exotiques,
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, Vol. 3 (1779), p. 165, and also Plate 285, fig. D.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 197.
(written 27 November 2015)