(one synonym : Chaerocampa cleopatra Miskin, 1891)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo : courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Queensland)
These caterpillars are green or brown, with a row of white encircled green spots with white centres along each side, one per segment. The tail has a stout red horn curving back with a black tip. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the foliage of:
The mottled brown form of the caterpillar still has lateral rows of green circled spots and red tailhorn with a black tip.
The pupa is mottled brown, with two prominent black spots each side, beside the developing wing chambers.
The adult moths of this species are brown. The forewings each have a small dark spot near the middle, and a faint dark subterminal line. The hindwings are darker but each has a pale margin. Uniquely, the moths have pink antennae. The wingspan is about 10 cms.
Specimens of this species have been caught in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
On some African and Australian Lepidoptera,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 4, Volume 19 (1877), p. 460.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 203.
(updated 5 April 2006, 16 February 2014)