Macroglossum micacea (Walker, 1856)
(one synonym : Macroglossa nox Newman, 1857)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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 inner 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.


(Specimen: courtesy of Sandra Tuszynska, Wilkesdale, Queensland)

The moths fly in the daytime, hovering over flowers to suck the nectar.


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species is found in :

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.10, pp. 71, 413.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1856), pp. 96-97.


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    (updated 8 November 2011, 20 February 2015)