Theretra queenslandi (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(one synonym : Chaerocampa potentia Druce, 1894)
MACROGLOSSINAE,   SPHINGIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


early instar
(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 :

  • Giant Stinging Tree ( Dendrocnide excelsa, URTICACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)

    Later instars appear to have two colour forms: green or brown.


    (Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)

    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.


    (Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)

    The pupa is slender and mottled brown, with a sharply pointed tip to the abdomen.


    (Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)

    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.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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.


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    (updated 7 April 2006)