Miskin's Hawk Moth
(previously known as Daphnusa miskini)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
These caterpillars have been found feeding on various species of VITACEAE including
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 8 cms. Pupation occurs in a flimsy cocoon decorated with soil and leaf litter, amongst dead leaves or in a crevice. The pupa has a length of about 6 cms.
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, each with a dark-outlined pale dot near the middle. The hindwings and body are brownish-grey, and there are dark marks each side of abdominal segments 3 and 4.
The species may occur in
but Acosmeryx miskini does occur in Australia in
Max S. Moulds, James P. Tuttle and David A. Lane.
Hawkmoths of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 13 (2020),
pp. 56-58, Plates 6, 80, 84.
Rev. Richard P. Murray,
Description of a new species of Daphnusa (Sphingidae) from Queensland,
Volume 1, Part 7 (Oct. 1873), p. 178.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 196.
(updated 11 February 2010, 28 February 2016, 16 February 2020)