Australasian Privet Hawk Moth
(one synonym is Psilogramma jordana Bethune-Baker, 1905)
SPHINGINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
Initially this caterpillar is green with a series of diagonal white stripes on its sides, and a (harmless) curved spike on the tail. There are warts on the thorax, the tail spike, and the hind claspers. The caterpillar is often found in suburbia on
The adult moth has long narrow greyish forewings, with variable darker grey and white wavy patterns. The hindwings are generally dark grey. The thorax is outlined in black, and that outlined in white. The abdomen is grey with a dark dorsal line. The wingspan can be over 8 cms.
The male moths can make a hissing sound by rubbing parts of the abdomen together.
The species occurs across the south-west Pacific, including
and including Australia in
This species is difficult to distinguish from Psilogramma casuarinae.
Further reading :
Description de Papillons Exotiques,
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 3 (1782), p. 164, and also Plate 285, fig. A..
(updated 3 April 2013, 24 February 2015, 26 January 2016, 3 May 2019)