(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 pale reddish-brown.
The caterpillar feeds on various plants in the family RUBIACEAE, including
The caterpillar pupates ina cocoon covered in bits of dead leaf.
The pupae are long and thin, with a length of about 7 cms. The pupae are brown, each with two dark lines: one ventral, one dorsal.
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, 7 April 2019)