(one synonym : Macroglossa lineata Lucas, 1891)
MACROGLOSSINAE , SPHINGIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The Caterpillars of this species are usually green, although grey and brown varieties have been found. The caterpillars have a faint dark dorsal line, and a pair of faint yellow dorso-lateral lines, and some pale speckling. The caterpillars have a harmless tail horn, with a tip that curves forwards. The horn is dark in early instars, but becomes green in mature caterpillars. The caterpillars have been found feeding on
Pupation occurs in joined dead leaves on the ground. The pupa is greenish brown, with a black dorsal stripe on the thorax, and a row of black spots along each side of the abdomen.
The adult moth is brown with a faint patchy pattern on the forewings. Each hindwing is crossed by a broad orange bar. There is a broad tuft of brown hair on the tip of the abdomen. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The specimen pictured above was found by David Sleep in late May 2003, caught in a web still just alive in a garage at Taigum which is in north Brisbane.
The species is found over much of south-east Asia, including
The subspecies lineatum Lucas, 1891, is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
in: Boisduval & Guenée,
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes,
Species Général des Lépidoptéres Hétérocéres,
Volume 1 (1875), p. 355, No. 37.
An Interesting Record of the Hawkmoth Macroglossum prometheus lineatum Lucas (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) from the Northern Territory,
Issue 54 (September 2009), pp. 10-12,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 202.
(created 15 July 2003, updated 22 January 2012)