(one synonym : Chaerocampa potentia Druce, 1894)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)
The early instars of these Caterpillars are green with a dark straight tail horn, and a pair of blue eye markings on the first abdominal segment. They have been found feeding on :
Later instars appear to have two colour forms: green or brown.
Both forms have a pair of green and white eyespots, one each side of the first abdominal segment. They have a strong reddish backward curving horn on the last segment.
The pupa is slender and mottled brown, with a sharply pointed tip to the abdomen.
The adult moths of this species have light brown fore wings with a dark stripe from base to wingtip. There is a dark dot near the middle of the costa. The moths have darker brown hind wings. They have a wingspan from 6-10 cms.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Thomas P. Lucas,
Butterflies and Moths,
Descriptions of two new Butterflies and nine new Sphingidae or Hawk moths found in Queensland,
The Queenslander (Newspaper),
Saturday 9 May 1891, p. 894.
(updated 7 April 2006)