Angonyx papuana (Rothschild & Jordon, 1903)
(often misidentified as: Angonyx testacea)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Angonyx  papuana
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are green or greenish-brown, each having a pale band across the middle, and pale wing-tips. The forewings each have a doubly recurved margin, and a concave inner margin. The moths have dark brown hindwings each with a recurved margin and a vague pale submarginal band. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The green colour fades to brown in dead specimens.

Angonyx  papuana
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

The species is found in Australasia, including :

  • New Britain,
  • Papua,

    and also Australia in

  • north-east Queensland.

    Angonyx  papuana
    (Photo: courtesy of Neil Hewett , Cooper Creek Wilderness, North Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 196.

    Lionel Walter Rothschild & Karl Jordan,
    A revision of the Lepidopterous family Sphingidae,
    Novitates Zoologicae Supplement,
    Volume 9 (1903), p. 544, and also Plate 49, fig 14.


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    (updated 26 December 2009, 15 February 2015)