Acosmeryx miskini (Murray, 1873)
(previously known as Daphnusa miskini)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

These caterpillars are green with a strong backward-facing horn on the tail.


(Photo: courtesy of Ric Nattrass, Bellbird Park, Ipswich)

This specimen was photographed after emergence from the pupa which was found under some timber under a house in Ipswich.


The adult moths have blotchy grey forewings and brownish-grey hindwings, and dark marks each side of the abdomen. The wingspan is about 8 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species may occur in

  • New Guinea,
    although the specimens noted there might actually be Acosmeryx miskinoides,

    but Acosmeryx miskini does occur in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading:

    Rev. Richard P. Murray,
    Description of a new species of Daphnusa (Sphingidae) from Queensland,
    Cistula Entomologica,
    Volume 1, Part 7 (Oct. 1873), p. 178.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 196.


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    (updated 11 February 2010, 28 February 2016)