(formerly known as Darapsa moorei)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Glenn White, Townsville, Queensland).
Most instars of this caterpillar are green with a brown backward curving tailhorn, and a pair of white or red and yellow dorso-lateral stripes. Different instars have various coloured markings along the sides, including a blue eyespot each side of the metathorax. The final instar is a blotchy reddish brown.
The caterpillar can grow to a length of about 10 cms. It is thought to feed on various plants in the family RUBIACEAE.
The adult moth is brown with complex patterns of light and shade on the wings, and a narrow white band across the first abdominal segment. The wingspan can be up to 12 cms.
The species occurs in
as well as in Australia in
This species was originally thought to be a subspecies of Daphnis hypothous Cramer, 1780. Recently it has been shown to be a distinct species.
Transactions of the Entomological Society of New South Wales,
Volume 1, October 1866, p. LV, No. 24.
(updated 7 November 2011, 4 August 2015)