(one synonym : Panacra salomonis Clark, 1920)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(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 :
The adult moths have patchy greenish or purplish brown forewings each a lot of squiggly dark lines, and two white chevrons by the wingtip. The forewing margins consist of two concave curves meeting at a cusp about halfway along.
In its resting posture: the moth curves its abdomen under its body. The hindwings are dark brown, crossed by a broad orange band. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found in the south-west Pacific, including
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 16.13, p. 413.
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,
Volume 1, Number 1 (1894), p. 82, and also Plate 5, fig. 15.
(updated 22 April 2013, 23 June 2018)