Hippotion johanna (Kirby, 1877)
(formerly known as Chaerocampa johanna)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Dominic Funnell, from Caravonica, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have patterned brown or grey forewings, and yellow or orange hindwings with a brown border. The forewings each have a recurve on both the inner and outer margins. The hindwings each have a recurve on the outer margin near the tornus. The abdomen has four white markings along each side. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.

The species occurs in

  • Queensland.

    This species is similar to, and was thought to be a subspecies of Hippotion brennus, but has recently been proposed as a distinct species.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 16.11.

    William Forsell Kirby,
    Notes on the new or rare Sphingidae in the Museum of the Royal Dublin Society,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1877, Part 3, pp. 236, 241-242.


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    (written 4 August 2015)