Daphnis protrudens R. Felder, 1874
(one synonym : Cherocampa neriastri Boisduval, 1875)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Daphnis protrudens
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew MacDonald, Finch Hatton, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on:

  • Swizzle Bush ( Timonius timon, RUBIACEAE ).

    Daphnis protrudens
    drawing by Rudolf Felder, listed as Daphnis protrudens,
    Zoologischer Theil, Lepidoptera, Reise der Oesterreichischen Fregatte Novara
    Abtheilung 2, Band 2 (1864), Plate 76, figure 7,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moths have wings with a bold pattern of pale and dark brown. There is a contrasting pair of dark brown and white bands across the first abdominal segment. The wingspan is about 10 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,
  • Sulawesi,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading:

    Rudolf Felder,
    Zoologischer Theil, Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Oesterreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wullerstorf-Urbair,
    Abtheilung 2, Band 2 (1864), Plate 76, figure 7.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 35.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 199.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 168.


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    (updated 9 December 2005, 24 June 2010, 19 September 2015)