Macroglossum tenebrosa (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(one synonym : Macroglossum splendens Butler, 1892)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Macroglossum  tenebrosa
(Photo: courtesy of Gary Harris, Mission Beach, Queenlsand)

The caterpillars of this species are white with brown stripes, and have a yellow head and thorax. The tail-spike is long and black, and curves forwards. The true legs are black and the prolegs are yellow with black tips.

Macroglossum  tenebrosa
(Photo: courtesy of Shell Australia)

The adult moths have dark brown forewings with a pale patch in the middle. They have hindwings that are an even darker brown each with two white patches.

The species occurs in the south Pacific area, including:

  • New Guinea,
  • Sulawesi,

    and in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Butterflies and Moths,
    Descriptions of two new Butterflies and nine new Sphingidae or Hawk moths found in Queensland,
    The Queenslander (Newspaper),
    Saturday 2 May 1891, p. 834.


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    (updated 15 June 2010, 11 March 2015)