(one synonym : Sphinx strobi Boisduval, 1868)
MACROGLOSSINAE , SPHINGIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The Caterpillar is green, with a strong straight often dark horn on its tail pointing backwards, a series of diagonal white stripes or patches on its sides, and somwtimes with dark marks also on the sides of some segments. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 8 cms. Its many foodplants include :
as well as many other plants from the families :
The pupa is brown with a curved extension for the developing haustellum.
The adult moths have forewings that are grey-brown with a pattern of light and dark markings. The hindwings are brown.The undersides are just plain grey-brown. The wingspan is about 10 cms.
The eggs are pale green when laid, turning reddish brown as hatching approaches. They are spherical with a diameter of about 2 mms. They are laid singly on the leaves of a foodplant.
The species is found over south-east Asia and the Pacific, including
as well as in Australia in
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalog of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Seventh Series,
Part 31 (1864), pp. 36-37.
(updated 3 March 2013, 25 February 2015)