(one synonym : Macroglossa nox Newman, 1857)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David and Tom Sleep)
The adult moths of this species have dark brown forewings sometimes with indistinct paler bands across them. They have even darker brown hind wings each with two pale yellow areas by the hind margin, and a white band along the costa. The abdomen is covered in dark brown hairs except for narrow white areas between the joints. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The moths fly in the daytime, hovering over flowers to suck the nectar.
The species is found in :
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.10, pp. 71, 413.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 202.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 8 (1856), pp. 96-97, No. 21.
(updated 8 November 2011, 20 February 2015)