Synoecha marmorata (T.P. Lucas, 1892)
(previously known as Sphinx marmorata)
SMERINTHINAE,   SPHINGIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Caterpillars of this species are green with white lines along the back and sides. The tail horn has green and black rings. The caterpillars have been found feeding on :

  • Budda ( Eremophila mitchellii, MYOPORACEAE ).

    The adult moths have fawn forewings and paler hindwings. The abdomen is black with a series of white spots along each side, and smaller ones long the back. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The species is found inland in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera, with Descriptions of new Species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), pp. 278-279.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 206.


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    (updated 25 May 2012, 23 February 2015)