(one synonym : Hippotion depictum Dupont, 1941)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Queensland)
This caterpillar is either green or brown, and has a short white-tipped spike on the tail. It has two white stripes on the head and tail, the latter often joining to form a loop.
The first abdominal segment has an eyespot that has a black centre with some white dots in it. The other abdominal segments have a series of diminishing smaller eyespots that are white and brown.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on various herbaceous plants, including
The caterpillar grows to a length up to 7 cms. The pupa is silvery brown, with a row of black spots along each side.
The adult moths have brown banded forewings, and red hindwings with brown margins. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
This species occurs over south-east Asia, including
and in Australia, including:
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 201.
Sphinges and Bombyces,
Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), pp. 16-17, No. 65.
(updated 7 November 2011, 28 April 2014, 31 December 2015)