(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 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.
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)