Yam Hawk Moth
(one synonym : Sphinx equestris Fabricius, 1793)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Picture: by Mell, 1922, courtesy of Tony Pittaway and Ian Kitching,
The Natural History Museum, London)
The Caterpillars of this species are initially green, but later instars are brown. The caterpillars are an agricultural pest, feeding on :
The caterpillars can grow to a length of 12 cms.
The adult moths have brown forewings, each with a broad pale stripe from base to wingtip containing two closely spaced thin dark parallel lines. The hindwings are dark brown shading to a pale area at the tornus. The abdomen has a gold stripe along each side and underneath. The moth has a wingspan of about 9 cms.
The undersides are orange with some greenish-brown wiggly lines.
The coremata of the males have is composed of grey-brown hairs.
The species is found from India to the south-west Pacific, including
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 42.3, p. 415.
in John Obadiah Westwood:
Figures and Descriptions of Foreign Insects,
Illustrations of Exotic Entomology,
Volume 2 (1773), p. 50, and also Plate 27, fig.1.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, pp. 195, 204.
(updated 19 November 2011, 24 March 2017)