Eupanacra splendens (Rothschild, 1894)
(one synonym : Panacra salomonis Clark, 1920)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eupanacra splendens
(Photo: courtesy of Byron Roberts)

The caterpillars of this species are green with large eyespots only on the first abdominal segment. A white line runs from the head to each eyespot. The tail has a strong backward curving horn that ends in an abrupt point, but it is quite harmless.

The Caterpillars have been found feeding on :

  • Devil's Ivy ( Epipremnum pinnatum, ARACEAE ), and
  • Peace Lily ( Spathiphyllum species, ARACEAE ).

    Eupanacra splendens
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have greenish or brown forewings each with three white arrow heads by the apex. The moths have dark brown hindwings, each crossed by a broad orange band. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    Eupanacra splendens
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The species is found in the south-west Pacific, including

  • Moluccas,
  • Papua, and
  • Solomons,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Eupanacra splendens
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 16.13, p. 413.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 197.

    Lionel Walter Rothschild,
    Notes on Sphingidae, with descriptions of new species,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 1, Number 1 (1894), p. 82, and also Plate 5, fig. 15.


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    (updated 22 April 2013)