(one synonym : Macroglossum troglodytus Boisduval, )
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Mohn,, Chinese Christian Seminary, Hong Kong)
The Caterpillars of this species are initially green, but the last instar is sometimes brown, with diagonal dark stripes and with white speckles. All instars have a spine on the tail (which is quite harmless). The Caterpillars grow to a length of about 5 cms. They feed on various plants from RUBIACEAE, including :
and has also been found on
The adult moths have a pattern of light and dark brown or grey on the forewings, and yellow hindwings with broad black margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are white and spherical with a diameter of about 1 mm. They are laid singly on the underside of leaves of a foodplant.
The species is found over Asia, including
as well as Australia in
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of new species of Sphingidae,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
1875, pp. 242-243.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 202.
(updated 7 February 2012)