Daphnis moorei (A. Macleay, 1866)
(formerly known as Darapsa moorei)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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.


(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Hills via David Cittadini and Bill Oehlke, Wongaling Beach, Far North Queensland).

The caterpillar can grow to a length of about 10 cms. It is thought to feed on various plants in the family RUBIACEAE.


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

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

  • Papua,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    This species was originally thought to be a subspecies of Daphnis hypothous Cramer, 1780. Recently it has been shown to be a distinct species.


    Further reading:

    William Macleay,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 1, October 1866, p. LV, No. 24.


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    (updated 7 November 2011, 4 August 2015)