(one synonym : Chaerocampa bisecta Moore, 1857)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Queensland)
Early instars of this species are green with a pale yellow dorsolateral line each side of the body and a dark tail spine.
Later instars of these caterpillars have a row of seven half-eyespots along each side of the body. The spots consist of a round black spot half surrounded by a white semicircle, and this outlined by a black semicircular line. There is a yellow line along each side, just under the row of eyespots. The mature caterpillar has a short red, cream and black backward curving tailhorn.
The caterpillar has two forms: green and brown.
Although many food plants have been recorded, the illustrated specimens were found feeding on :
The pupa is elongated, and has dark and light brown striations.
The adult moths of this species have light brown fore wings with a dark stripe from base to apex. The moths have plain brown hind wings. They have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The eggs are laid singly. They are spherical and smooth, and pale green.
The species is found as several subspecies over south-east Asia, including :
as well as the subspecies intersecta (Butler, 1876) in Australia in
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of several new species of Sphingidae,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
1875, p. 623.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 205.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume 8 (1856), p. 143.
(updated 22 April 2013)